Assembly Republicans are pledging an additional $500 million into PreK-12 education, including increases in special education aid, and Senate Republicans are signaling a similar move.
While the proposal falls short of the $1.4 billion that Gov. Tony Evers proposed for K-12, the increase signals a move toward increased funding to support our public schools when it comes to:
- More resources for public schools;
- More supports for our most vulnerable students; and
- Understanding our school districts need relief under Wisconsin’s broken school funding system.
Final details will be unveiled Thursday when the Joint Finance Committee votes on PreK-12 education.
The Assembly GOP plan unveiled includes:
- Raising revenue limits by $200 per student in the first year of the budget and an additional $204 in the second year.
- $50 million more in funding for special education.
- An additional $20 million for student mental health.
- An additional $4.6 million for high-cost transportation.
- Raising the revenue caps for low-spending districts to $10,000 over the next two years.