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Fiscal memos on state support for school districts, school levy tax credit released

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the estimated percentage level of state support for K-12 education statewide and for individual school districts in the 2015-16 school year.

The memo estimates the state share of K-12 education in 2017-18 was 64.90 percent of partial school revenues, the same method used to calculate state support when the statutes mandated that state provide two-thirds of school costs.  That two-thirds funding mandate was in effect from 1996-97 school year through the 2002-03 school year.

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“Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

A special study committee created to try to curb a practice that has resulted in shifting property taxes from “big box” retailers and pharmacy chains onto homeowners and small businesses may hold its final meeting tomorrow and a measure affecting schools is on its agenda.

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices has thus far not to be able to resolve key differences among its members over what to do about these practices that have handcuffed local property assessors and municipalities.  The study committee is set to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 11) in Room 412 East, State Capitol. Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.

Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings.  No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set

December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is expected to meet sometime between now and the Christmas holiday to review the recommendations each member of the Commission brought forward and to try to come to a consensus on what official recommendations the Commission will make.  Watch the Legislative Update blog for updates on the scheduling of this meeting. Continue reading December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission

State expects new revenues of $2.1 billion through mid-2021

A new report from the state Department of Administration (DOA) suggests that despite positive growth in state tax collections, incoming governor-elect Tony Evers would need an additional $1.1 billion to meet all state agency budget requests.

The report released yesterday (Nov. 20) and entitled Agency Requests and Revenue Estimates for FY2020 and FY2021 compares 2019-21 budget requests submitted by state agencies and estimated state revenues leading up to and continuing within the 2019-21 biennium.  The report provides guidance likely to be used by Evers as he assembles the 2019-21 state budget likely to be introduced in early February.

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Do state school report cards tell us much we don’t already know?

Last week the Department of Public Instruction released state school and school district report cards for the 422 school districts in existence when 2017-18 data was gathered. (There are now 421 school districts due to a consolidation.)

Editor’s Note:  Wisconsin has two accountability systems. Our federal accountability system was purposely designed to address just the lowest-performing schools in the state.  State policymakers wanted to keep the existing state accountability system as one under which no federal permissions would be needed, hence two systems.

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School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election.  Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval.  Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6