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Selected highlights of Gov. Evers’ K-12 education budget

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

Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

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?

Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

Governor Tony Evers will formally introduce his 2019-21 budget proposal on Thursday, February 28, but over the weekend shared some previews of what will be included in that document.  In the K-12 area, his budget will propose to freeze enrollment in the state’s private school voucher programs (including special needs vouchers) and suspend the expansion of independent charter schools.

Earlier, Gov. Evers had announced his proposed budget would aim to provide “more accountability and transparency” within the state’s private school voucher programs.  As one aspect of this. Gov. Evers will propose including information on property tax bills about the state aid withheld from public school districts in which private voucher pupils reside and the impact this has on property taxes. Continue reading Gov. Evers will propose freeze on taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs and independent charter expansion

State’s taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs continue to grow

From DPI:

“Two hundred sixty-two private nonsectarian and religious schools and school systems registered with the Department of Public Instruction by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for the 2019-20 school year. Eleven schools that previously participated in either the Milwaukee or Racine Parental Choice programs or both are registering to join the WPCP. In addition, there are 40 new private schools applying to participate in the statewide voucher program for 2019-20. Read More

Continue reading State’s taxpayer-subsidized voucher programs continue to grow

Racine opts to promote voucher funding transparency

As the impact of taxpayer-funded private school vouchers grows, Racine’s mayor is doing his part to inform taxpayers about the effect vouchers are having on property tax bills.

According to the Racine Journal Times, “Property owners in the City of Racine will receive an insert along with their tax bills this year showing where their tax money goes, with a focus on voucher school funding.”  The insert, included with all Racine property tax bills, shows how total property tax funds collected in the city are split among various units of government, and includes detailed information about the Racine Unified School District tax levy. Continue reading Racine opts to promote voucher funding transparency

More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations

Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations

Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes

Overall enrollment in Wisconsin’s three main private school voucher programs (Milwaukee, Racine and statewide) increased by about 8.7 percent over last year’s voucher enrollment.  Taxpayers will spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, an increase of about $33 million (12.3 percent) over last year. Continue reading Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes