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
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding has released the details of its public hearing set for Monday, May 21 in Turtle Lake.
The hearing will begin at 1:00 PM and conclude by 5:00 PM.
The hearing will take place at:
Turtle Lake School District Auditorium
205 North Oak Street
Turtle Lake, WI 54889
According to the hearing notice:
Continue reading School funding commission to hold May 21 hearing in Turtle Lake
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its seventh public hearing yesterday in Tomahawk and a number of themes emerged.
One common theme is that many northern Wisconsin school districts are challenged by declining enrollment. This has two main effects: first, it reduces districts’ revenue limit authority because revenue limits are tied to enrollment; and second, as the number of pupils decreases, at any given level of property values, a district will appear more property wealthy on a per pupil basis, which results in that district losing state aid under the general aid formula. Continue reading Several themes heard at Blue Ribbon Commission hearing in Tomahawk
During last week’s State Education Convention, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), who co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, shared information about the Commission’s mission and schedule, including a memo outlining the scope of the Commission’s directive.
According to the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Scope Statement, the Commission is tasked with evaluating the following items:
Continue reading Focus of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Clarified
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the calculation of general school aids and the aid amounts to be received by each school district in the 2017-18 school year.
The LFB memo provides information on each districts’ pupil membership, adjusted equalized value per member, shared cost per member, general equalization aid eligibility, and net general school aid payment. A separate attachment indicates the amounts received by districts eligible for high poverty aid.
The figures provided in the LFB memo reflect the DPI’s October 15 aid calculation. As a result, the memo indicates each districts’ general aid reduction attributable to independent charters schools, and MPS’ aid reduction for the Milwaukee voucher program. However, the memo does not indicate the reductions in districts’ aid attributable to having resident pupils within their boundaries who first participated in either the Statewide or Racine voucher programs in 2015-16 or later. State statutes specify that these aid reductions are not shown in DPI’s October 15 aid calculation.
View LFB Memo– 2017-18 General School Aids Amounts for All School Districts