When the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final meeting on Dec. 19, it was clear that the voices of school leaders who testified at hearings held around the state and those who submitted written comments were heard. As Commission members worked their way through option papers on various school funding topics, the stories school leaders told were frequently cited.
See Statements from the co-chairs: Rep. Kitchens; Sen. Olsen
In the same way school leaders advocated effectively to persuade the legislators who were members of the Commission, now it will be time for school leaders to advocate with their own legislators to ensure these vital recommendations become law. Continue reading School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memo outlining state general aids paid to public school districts.
The LFB memo, entitled 2018-19 General School Aids for All School Districts, provides information on each district’s aid membership, equalized value per member, shared cost per member, and equalization aid eligibility. In addition, the memo details the amount deducted from each public school district’s aid allocation to pay per pupil amounts to independent charter schools authorized by the City of Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Parkside under s. 118.40 (2r), Wis. Stats. Continue reading Fiscal memo on state general aid for school districts released
This is the third 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 state funding.
At one time, Wisconsin statutes directed that special education categorical aid reimburse 70 percent of a school district’s eligible aidable costs. Today, special education categorical aid reimburses scarcely more than 25 percent of eligible aidable prior year costs. This blog post traces this decline.
Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part three of a series
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
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
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
About half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive more general aid in the 2018‑19 school year than they did for the 2017‑18 school year based on estimates released today by the Department of Public Instruction. Continue reading DPI releases July 1 aid estimates
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will release its annual July 1 general aid estimates a bit early this year–on Friday, June 29–because July 1 falls on a Sunday.
This is the first estimate of general aid for the 2018-19 school year. It is based on unaudited figures from districts and, therefore, is subject to change. Nevertheless, school boards and administrators may find the estimate useful as they work on their annual budgets and attempt to project changes in their property tax levies.
The DPI will certify the actual state general aid amount for each district on Oct. 15. Continue reading July 1 General Aid estimates to be released