While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.
A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You can join in that effort. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA
The latest version of the Marquette Law School Poll was released today. The poll included a question related to increasing special education funding in the 2019-21 state budget.
74% of respondents said they support “a major increase” in state aid for special education:
Governor Tony Evers’ proposed budget calls for significant increases in state special education categorical (SPED) aid that would enable 30% of special education costs to be reimbursed in 2019-20 and 60% in 2020-21.
The current SPED aid amount is estimated to reimburse about 25.3% of special education costs eligible for reimbursement in 2018-19. Without an increase, the reimbursement rate is projected to drop below 25% in the future. Continue reading LFB memo details impact of special education aid increase in governor’s proposed budget
Our prediction is that whatever the weather, you will have good meetings with your lawmakers during the WASB Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13.
We’ve arranged meetings for you and will have informative presentations, handouts and leave behind materials for you. Your role is to make sure legislators don’t take resources for schools for granted.
With talk about the Legislature possibly scrapping the governor’s budget and starting from scratch, your voice telling the legislators who represent you to follow the public’s lead and provide necessary resources for schools is more important than ever! Continue reading Forecast for Day at the Capitol: Good meetings
Gov. Evers’ proposed 2019-21 state budget has been introduced as 2019 Senate Bill 59 (and as 2019 Assembly Bill 56).
Key selected highlights of the governor’s K-12 education budget include the following:
School Funding Reform Provisions Continue reading Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget
Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:
Gov. Evers is expected to propose: Continue reading Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?
Two new resources worthy of school leaders’ attention and consideration have recently been made available by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. They are available free of charge, and are worth checking out.
The first is a detailed report on special education funding in Wisconsin highlighting the effects on school district finances of the underfunding of state special education categorical aid.
Continue reading New resources for schools available from Wisconsin Policy Forum