In a recent blog post we provided a link to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Because some school board members have also requested information on the school funding reform plan proposed by Governor Tony Evers, we are providing links to the governor’s plan and information about it (see below).
Gov. Evers plans to make this funding reform proposal, which he refers to as the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan, part of the 2019-21 state budget bill he will be introducing later this month. Continue reading Information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal
The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:
“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion. Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”
For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together
The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding was released Jan. 7 by co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).
The report was compiled by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau staff and contains the Commission’s recommendations for school funding reforms in 13 different areas. Continue reading Final recommendations of school funding panel released
A set of 19 option papers on various school funding topics has been released by the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay). (See pictured at left).
The options presented in the papers, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) in consultation with the co-chairs, will form the basis for the Commission’s discussions when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (See previous post.)
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
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the estimated percentage level of state support for K-12 education statewide and for individual school districts in the 2015-16 school year.
The memo estimates the state share of K-12 education in 2017-18 was 64.90 percent of partial school revenues, the same method used to calculate state support when the statutes mandated that state provide two-thirds of school costs. That two-thirds funding mandate was in effect from 1996-97 school year through the 2002-03 school year.
Continue reading Fiscal memos on state support for school districts, school levy tax credit released
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.
Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings. No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set