Category Archives: State Budget

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.

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

Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes

Overall enrollment in Wisconsin’s three main private school voucher programs (Milwaukee, Racine and statewide) increased by about 8.7 percent over last year’s voucher enrollment.  Taxpayers will spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, an increase of about $33 million (12.3 percent) over last year. Continue reading Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes

A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

This is the first of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.

Both state and federal law require school districts to provide special education services to pupils with disabilities.

Wisconsin state law has mandated special education services for pupils with disabilities since the 1973-74 school year.  This predates the federal mandate for special education services, which began in 1975 with the enactment of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHCA), the precursor to the current  federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA).  Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

Are schools and roads on a collision course when it comes to funding?

Lost, perhaps, amidst all the focus on candidates in statewide races in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll released last week were results that suggest voters are more open to investing more for schools than they are for roads.  Taxes and spending for schools and roads have been key issues in the race for governor.

On the broad question of state taxes and state services, 51 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would rather pay higher taxes and have state government provide more services, while 42 percent said they prefer lower taxes and fewer services from the state.
Continue reading Are schools and roads on a collision course when it comes to funding?

DPI: Over half of districts to receive more general aid than last year

As required by state statute, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has certified the general state aid amount each public school district will receive for the 2018-19 school year.  These amounts are funded from the state’s $4.656 billion general state aid appropriation, which is $72.75 million (1.6 percent) larger than last year’s allocation.

Because of the overall increase in the general aid distribution this year, roughly 55 percent of the state’s public school districts (230 of 422) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2017‑18. Continue reading DPI: Over half of districts to receive more general aid than last year