According to a new analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project, the share of money that the state spends on equalizing educational opportunities for students across the state has dropped significantly over the last decade. In 2006, 82% of the money the state spent on education was aimed at ensuring equal academic opportunities for students. That share will fall to 71% next year.
Wisconsin is committing a shrinking share of its resources for education to making sure that students have access to an excellent education regardless of whether they live in a poor community or a wealthy one. The state funds about 62 cents out of every dollar spent on public education in Wisconsin, with the remaining amount raised from the property tax in each district.