Legislative Update – August 24 – Schools start new year not knowing how much state funding they will get

Update: The Joint Finance Committee will meet Monday, August 28, and K-12 education is on the docket. The five areas under public instruction that will be taken up Monday are: general school aids and revenue limits; categorical aids; choice, charter and open enrollment; school district operations; and administrative and other funding. Follow developments at weac.org/budget.

School districts are wondering about state funding for schools as their doors prepare to open for students, as the budget discussions linger in Madison. Normally, the state budget is completed by the end of June, but this year the budget debate is expected to last well into September. Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed several local school officials who are struggling to figure out how much state funding they will get this year, and how much money they will have for basic costs such as classroom resources, staff and building needs.

“Some districts may start with substitutes in classrooms that weren’t filled yet or they may choose just to drop a section of a class,” says Kim Kaukl, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, which represents about 150 rural districts.

 Read the entire WPR article and listen to the podcast:

Districts Left Wondering About Funding As New School Year Approaches

Rural schools aren’t planning on any extra money from the state as they’re heading into the new school year. Districts are improvising while lawmakers continue to hammer out the next two-year state budget. With three proposals on how to pay for education, it’s unclear how much aid districts will receive from the state.

More Legislative Updates:

The Assembly Committee on Education held a public hearing Thursday on a three bills:

  • AB 471, relating to how state aid payments are made to school districts and operators of independent charter schools and private voucher schools, and those participating in the Special Needs Voucher Program.
  • AB-423, granting an initial teaching license based on completion of a Montessori teacher education program.
  • AB-382, expands requirements for screening of school district employees for tuberculosis as a condition of employment to Milwaukee Public Schools and allows boards to conduct questionnaires.