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DPI to request $600 million boost in special education categorical aid

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that State Superintendent Tony Evers will announce later today that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget request for the upcoming 2019-21 state budget will include a request for a $600 increase in special education categorical aid for school districts.

The paper reports the increase would more than double the rate at which the state reimburses districts for services they provide to students with disabilities from the current roughly 26 percent to 60 percent.  Reimbursements are paid on a pro-rated basis and are based on the prior-year aidable costs incurred by districts.

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Here’s what happened last week while you were at the Convention…

In case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown of what happened while we were at the State Education Convention last week:

  • It was formally announced that Governor Scott Walker will give the 2018 State of the State Address at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

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School Funding Commission to Hold First Meeting Dec. 14

The newly-formed Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold its first meeting—an informational public hearing—Thursday, Dec. 14 at 10:00 AM in Room 412 East of the State Capitol.  (View  meeting notice.)

The Commission will hear a presentation from the Department of Public Instruction and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.  Testimony will be from invited speakers only. Continue reading School Funding Commission to Hold First Meeting Dec. 14

LFB Releases Memo Detailing Districts’ 2017-18 General Aid Payment Amounts

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

Figures on State Support for K-12 Education, Public School Districts Released

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) recently released its annual memo estimating state support for K-12 education in the previous school year. The memo provides information on the estimated level of state support provided for K-12 education statewide and to individual school districts in the 2016-17 school year.

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Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled

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With passage of the 2017-19 state budget now more than a month overdue, the Republican leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have found another thing on which they don’t agree:  how to move forward with Governor Scott Walker’s proposed special session legislation to provide tax and other incentives to close the deal to bring Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn to Wisconsin.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is urging lawmakers to pass the state budget bill before voting on Foxconn legislation, while Assembly Republican leaders, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) , want lawmakers to take up the Foxconn bill before passing a new budget. Continue reading Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled

What is the REAL Fiscal Impact of Voucher Funding on Public School Districts?

A recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article widely reported in Gannett newspapers across the state provided details on how a budget plan proposed by Senate Republicans would increase funding for the state’s three main private school voucher programs by nearly $60 million over the next two years, according to an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB).

In that article, a quote attributed to voucher advocate Jim Bender mischaracterized the fiscal impact of the statewide and Racine voucher programs on school districts that have resident pupils participating in those programs. Continue reading What is the REAL Fiscal Impact of Voucher Funding on Public School Districts?