Category Archives: State Budget

Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget

Gov. Evers’ proposed 2019-21 state budget has been introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 (and as 2019 Assembly Bill 56).

Key selected highlights of the governor’s K-12 education budget include the following:

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WASB statement on Gov. Evers’ state budget proposal

WASB Executive Director John Ashley issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Evers’ 2019-21 state budget proposal:

The WASB commends Gov. Tony Evers for proposing a state budget that includes a significant boost in state investment in our K-12 public schools as well as important reforms to our school funding formula. 

Additional and substantial state investments are critical to ensuring that our state’s 421 school districts can serve our 860,000 students appropriately and equitably.

The continued broad public support for greater investment in public education shown in statewide opinion surveys, the continued willingness of local voters to support school-related referenda, and the strong public interest in the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding all suggest that now is the time to make significant improvements in the way our state funds its public schools.

We thank Gov. Evers for prioritizing public education in his state budget proposal and pledge to work with him and the state Legislature to secure support for a final state budget that provides the critical resources our school districts need. 

Gov. Evers’ budget proposal introduced; reaction falls along partisan lines

Governor Tony Evers delivered his first budget address last night in conjunction with introducing his state budget proposal.  Here are links to the Budget in Brief and the entire 2019-21 Executive Budget broken out by agency.

WASB staff are busy poring over the details that pertain to K-12 education.  We will be releasing a series of posts here on the major K-12 provisions included in the Governor’s proposal.

Reactions to the proposal predictably fall along partisan lines as legislative Republicans have sharply criticized the plan and announced they will throw it out and work from current law funding levels. Continue reading Gov. Evers’ budget proposal introduced; reaction falls along partisan lines

Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:

Gov. Evers is expected to propose: Continue reading Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

The governor’s budget address and what happens next …

Governor Tony Evers will deliver his inaugural budget address to a joint legislative session Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The address will be covered live by Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Here’s a primer on how the state budget process works and what will happen after the speech is done.

Continue reading The governor’s budget address and what happens next …

Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

Governor Tony Evers will formally introduce his 2019-21 budget proposal on Thursday, February 28, but over the weekend shared some previews of what will be included in that document.  In the K-12 area, his budget will propose to freeze enrollment in the state’s private school voucher programs (including special needs vouchers) and suspend the expansion of independent charter schools.

Earlier, Gov. Evers had announced his proposed budget would aim to provide “more accountability and transparency” within the state’s private school voucher programs.  As one aspect of this. Gov. Evers will propose including information on property tax bills about the state aid withheld from public school districts in which private voucher pupils reside and the impact this has on property taxes. Continue reading Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast

A new national report on school breakfast programs by the nonprofit Washington-based  Food Research and Action Center finds Wisconsin’s participation lags behind the rest of the country.

Although about 83 percent of schools in the state participated in the School Breakfast Program, that figure places Wisconsin near the bottom nationally, especially compared to at least 38 other states, where 90 percent or more schools participate in the program.

Continue reading Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast