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
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.
State Superintendent Tony Evers delivered his 10th State of Education address but his first as a candidate for governor today at the state Capitol. He doubled down on his plan to invest $1.4 billion more (a 10% increase) for schools over two years in the next state budget. He also held a press briefing after the speech and discussed possible ways to pay for that plan. See – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Wisconsin State Journal coverage.
Read the entire speech here.
Below are selected excerpts: Continue reading State Supt. Evers delivers State of Education Address
State Superintendent and candidate for governor Tony Evers is seeking a substantial increase for public schools in his agency’s budget request according to press reports. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pegs the additional amount at $1.4 billion.
A large portion of the increase will be devoted to special education funding and increases in other categorical aids. Another large portion of the increase is slated to go into general equalization aid to offset potential increases in local property tax levies that could stem from allowing state-imposed revenue limits to be adjusted for inflation and to hold districts harmless against losses. Continue reading Tony Evers seeking $1.4 billion increase for schools in DPI budget request
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is expected to formally submit its 2019-21 state budget request on Monday (Sept. 17).
At the heart of the proposal is likely to be a revised version of the “Fair Funding for Our Future” plan State Supt. Tony Evers has proposed in previous budget requests. In addition, the request is likely to call for a massive increase in state special education categorical aid as well as increases in state funding for school-based mental health services and additional relief for low revenue districts. Continue reading DPI expected to submit budget request on Sept. 17
Recently released details indicate the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI’s) budget request for the 2019-21 biennium will include a proposal to increase the reimbursement rate for Bilingual-Bicultural Aid from 8 percent to 30 percent by 2021. The proposal also creates a new program to better serve all English learners, including those in schools not required to be offer Bilingual-Bicultural programming. Continue reading Additional details on DPI’s budget request emerging
State Superintendent Tony Evers announced that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 2019-21 state budget request will incorporate elements from the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan which he has proposed in previous budgets. According to the DPI website this includes “guaranteeing state funding for every student” and “accounting for family income and poverty as a factor in educating students”.
He also called for returning the state’s share of education costs to two-thirds, indexing revenue limits to inflation and increasing funding for 4 year old kindergarten programs. Continue reading DPI budget request includes indexing revenue limits to inflation; returning to state covering 2/3 of costs; “Fair Funding” elements