This is the second of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding. This post focuses on federal funding.
When state and federal mandates to provide special education service were first imposed on local school districts back in the 1970s, it was generally assumed that targeted state and federal funding that went along with these mandates would cover much, if not all, of the costs of providing special education services to students with disabilities. That assumption was quickly proven wrong. Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part two of a series
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold its last scheduled public hearing in Madison on June 4. The hearing will take place in the room 412 East of the State Capitol.
This will be your final opportunity to provide in-person testimony to the Commission. If you can’t make it to speak in-person on June 4 but still wish to be heard, you can submit written testimony. Continue reading School funding panel sets final public hearing for June 4
As we have mentioned before, special education categorical aid remains frozen in the proposed 2015-17 budget and hasn’t been increased since 2008-09.
As a result, according to data from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Wisconsin has the lowest reimbursement rate of the five states that fund special education using a reimbursement method where funding is allocated outside of the state’s primary funding formula and districts are reimbursed after costs are accrued (see table below).
Continue reading ECS: Wisconsin Has Lowest Special Education Reimbursement Rate
A national expert on school funding says K-12 school spending is Wisconsin is “flat-lining” at the same time it is growing in other states.
Michael Griffith, a senior policy analyst at the nonpartisan Education Commission of the States, says that while 44 states are showing growth in per pupil spending at the K-12 level, Wisconsin is among a handful of states bucking that trend. Continue reading National Expert: Wisconsin Per Pupil Spending Likely to Fall Below National Average