In signing the 2019-21 state budget into law, Gov. Evers used his partial veto authority in a way that increases per pupil categorical aid payments above the level the Legislature had provided. As a result, school districts will receive per pupil aid payments equal to $742 per pupil in each year (i.e., in both 2019-20 and 2020-21). The governor’s partial veto also has the effect of “front-loading” the per pupil aid increase compared to the way the Legislature provided this aid, which would have spread the increase evenly over two years (see charts below). Continue reading How the new state budget increases spendable resources for schools
In a letter to Gov. Evers sent this morning, the WASB asked the governor to use his partial veto authority to increase per pupil categorical aid payments to school districts by $25 per pupil in the 2019-20 school year.
Under the change requested by the WASB, per pupil aid categorical payments to public school districts would equal $704 per pupil in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
While increases in allowable spending for nearly all public schools will be capped at $200 per pupil in 2019-20 and $204 per pupil in 2020-21, private schools that participate in the state’s voucher programs will see their voucher payments increase by an estimated $229 per pupil in 2019-20 and an estimated $275 per pupil in 2020-21 under the omnibus K-12 education budget motion adopted by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on May 23. Continue reading JFC action ups voucher payments, open enrollment transfer amounts
On Thursday, May 23 the GOP members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed an omnibus motion on K-12 education on a party-line vote. The motion covers two fiscal years (2019-20/1st year & 2020-21/2nd year). The total amount by which state funding for K-12 education is increased over those two years under the motion is approximately $500 million.
Below are highlights of that plan (numbers are rounded): Continue reading Major details of JFC K-12 budget plan adopted
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.
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: