About half of Wisconsin public schools will see less state aid

The Department of Public Instruction has released the estimated general aid for the 2018-19 school year, showing about half of Wisconsin’s public schools will receive less aid in 2018-19 than they did in 2017-18.

Of the 422 school districts in Wisconsin, 56% (235) schools will receive increased aid, and 43% (183) schools will receive decreased aid. Four districts will see no change in their state aid. As of July 1, two school districts are combining, so for the 2018-19 school year there will be 421 school districts.

WEAC President Ron Martin said the news underlines the importance of finding a solution to Wisconsin’s broken school funding system that creates winners and losers, year after year. “Every Wisconsin student deserves the support, tools and time to learn,” he said. “Where a child lives should not determine the quality of educational opportunities.”

The state Legislature just wrapped up a series of public hearings on school funding, and is expected to bring forward recommendations by this fall. “It’s worrisome that the panel had no classroom educators represented to talk about how unfair funding formulas impact students,” Martin said. “It’s also troubling that the commission leaders have said they likely won’t consider the draining effect of unaccountable private school vouchers on neighborhood public schools and state funding.”

A look at the numbers:

Minoqua J1 will receive the largest increase in state aid in 2018-19, 1,571.93%. Rounding out the top 10 are:

  1. Minoqua J1: 1,571.93%
  2. Crivitz: 84.67
  3. New Auburn: 73.93%
  4. Friess Lake 42.50%
  5. North Cape: 41.97%
  6. Princeton: 40.79%
  7. Williams Bay: 40.09%
  8. Cassville: 37.48%
  9. Solon Springs: 34.78%
  10. Raymond #4: 32.45%

Green Lake is receiving the largest reduction in school aids, losing 100%. The schools receiving the biggest reductions are:

  1. Green Lake: -100%
  2. Paris J1: -21.43%
  3. Lac Du Flambeau #1: -18.45%
  4. Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine: -18.30%
  5. Southern Door County: -16.36%
  6. Randall J1: -15.66%
  7. Kettle Moraine: -15.32%
  8. Lake Geneva – Genoa UHS: -15.29%
  9. Verona Area: -15.08%
  10. Gibraltar Area: -15.05%

Summary by Alphabet.
Summary by Percent.