Here’s a quick recap of some of the key K-12 education provisions in the state’s new biennial budget as signed into law by the governor (with partial vetoes).
- Revenue limits for all districts will increase by $175 in the 2019-20 school year and by an additional $179 in the 2020-21 school year.
- The “low revenue ceiling” for the state’s lowest spending districts, which was set at $9,400 in 2018-19 is increased to $9,700 in the 2019-20 school year and to $10,000 in 2020-21 and in each subsequent school year. (Note: This adjustment in the low revenue ceiling may not be available for certain low revenue districts in which a referendum to exceed the revenue limits was held and failed in specified years.)
Continue reading 2019-21 state budget recap—what’s in, what’s out
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
“Estimated general school aids for 2019-20 total $4.740 billion for the state, representing a $83.2 million (1.8 percent) increase over last year. Due to changes in the aid deduction from Milwaukee Public Schools for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the estimated increase in aid payments to districts is $83.7 million. Of the state’s 421 school districts, 59 percent (248) are estimated to receive more general aid in 2019-20, while 40 percent of districts (168) are estimated to receive less; five districts will have no change in the aid between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years. Continue reading DPI releases July 1 aid estimates
The WASB has obtained updated information on the fiscal impact of Gov. Evers’ funding reform proposal on each school district. (See links below.)
The updated printout, generated by the DPI, provides information sorted alphabetically by district name and reflects both October 15th aid certification data for each district for 2018-19 and the School Levy Tax Credit amounts per district for 2018-19.
Fair Funding March 2019 FY19 Final Display By District Alpha Oct 15
Continue reading Updated district-by-district information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal
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