Tag Archives: 2015-17 State Budget

DPI: 84 schools to participate in special ed voucher program

From a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) release:

The DPI has posted a list of the 84 schools that have registered to participate in the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) for the 2018-19 school year. The list includes 56 schools that will be new to the program. The application period begins July 1. Continue reading DPI: 84 schools to participate in special ed voucher program

Report Cards Released; Show High Score Fluctuations for Some Schools/Districts

As we posted previously, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the school and district accountability report cards showing 82% of public and private schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations for educating students by earning at least three stars.   Over 95 percent of the state’s public school districts earned a three-star rating or higher.

From the DPI: Continue reading Report Cards Released; Show High Score Fluctuations for Some Schools/Districts

DPI to Release School District and School Report Cards Tomorrow

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is set to publish school and school district report cards tomorrow morning.

We expect DPI’s news release to go out at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, and the public report cards will be available after that, likely by or around 7 a.m.

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Bill Seeks Transparency on Property Tax Impact of Voucher Funding

Rep. Dana WachsA recently introduced Assembly Bill—Assembly Bill 267—aims to call attention to the growing impact of Wisconsin voucher programs on school property taxes.

The “Wisconsin Voucher Taxpayer Transparency Bill,” authored by state Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) would require property tax bills to include information from the school district where the property is located regarding the amount of any net reduction in state aid, if any, to the district as a result of pupils enrolled in the statewide voucher program, the Racine voucher program, or the Milwaukee voucher program. (See news release.)

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State Ends 2016 Fiscal Year with Slightly Smaller Balance Than Expected

capture-of-annual-fiscal-reportThe  annual fiscal report released by the state Department of Administration (DOA) Monday shows the state of Wisconsin ended the 2016 fiscal year on June 30 with a balance of $313.8 million in its general fund, or about $76.9 million less than expected.  General fund revenues are used to pay state aid to local school districts, among other things.

At the time the 2015-17 state budget was enacted, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) had projected the general fund ending balance would be 390.5 million.  The final number ended up being lower because the state generated less tax revenue than expected, according to LFB Director Bob Lang. Continue reading State Ends 2016 Fiscal Year with Slightly Smaller Balance Than Expected

General State Aid Certified to School Districts

DPIlogoAs required by state law, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.584 billion available under current law for general state aid. The certified aid shows that 60% of the state’s public school districts (255 of 424*) will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2015-16.

General state aid for school districts was up $108.1 million from last year. However, according to DPI’s press release, the actual amount of general aid that the state’s public school districts receive is reduced for a number of factors: Continue reading General State Aid Certified to School Districts

No State Takeover of MPS Schools This Year

MPS Stacked logo CMYK ClosedP_MQMilwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will not be required to take part in a controversial state-designed takeover program next year. MPS received news this week of its reprieve via a letter from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers to MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, indicating that MPS is unlikely to meet the criteria for takeover during the 2016-17 school year. Continue reading No State Takeover of MPS Schools This Year