Education Advocacy: The Final State Budget

As a result of the governor’s changes to the 2019-21 state budget, Wisconsin school districts will see per-pupil aid payments amounting to $742 per pupil for each of the two years, up from what was proposed by the Legislature. There is also a new supplemental per-pupil aid, which the governor changed to include all districts instead of only a few. Here’s a quick look at some key education provisions included in the budget.

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Evers receives state budget from Legislature, giving him six days to act

Governor Tony Evers has received the state budget passed by the Legislature this week, setting into motion the time period he has to issue possible vetoes. So far, the governor has not tipped his hand as to what his veto strategy might be. After signatures from Senate and Assembly leaders, the budget bill has been enrolled and sent to Evers, who will have to act within six days (not including Sundays). The deadline is not impacted by the Independence Day holiday, so Evers will have to act on the document by Friday, July 5.

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Legislative Update: Republicans strip Evers’ budget of key items

The Joint Finance Committee Thursday killed a plan for $1.4 billion in federal funding that would have helped fund schools, roads and healthcare. The party-line vote to deny full Medicaid expansion was followed by a vote on a huge package of recommended budget provisions that would have increased special education funding and teacher quality measures, plus require transparency and accountability for taxpayer-funded private schools. “Wisconsin educators and parents have turned out in droves to be clear about our No. 1 priority – our students,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “Our dedication is strong – we will continue to advocate in the best interest of our students for equitable funding for public schools.”

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With schools ‘at the tipping point,’ educators ask legislators to ‘do the right thing’ and pass Evers’ budget

As the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee concluded its statewide budget hearings Wednesday in Green Bay, educators continued to encourage legislators to “do the right thing” and support Governor Evers’ budget plan that supports children, public schools and our dedicated teachers and education support professionals. “Green Bay Area Public Schools, and schools around Wisconsin are at a tipping point,” said said Green Bay special education teacher Justin Delfosse, who is president of the Green Bay Education Association. “Wisconsin has neglected funding for public education for too long.”

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Voters support ‘major increase’ in special education funding

A large majority of Wisconsin’s registered voters – 74 percent – agree with Governor Evers that there should be a “major increase” in state aid for special education, according to results from the latest Marquette University Law School poll. As part of his state budget plan, Evers has proposed a $600 million increase.

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Educators ask Joint Finance Committee to support public education funding increases and measures to attract and retain quality teachers

Advocates of public education testified in Janesville Friday at the first of four state budget hearings by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, expressing strong support for Governor Evers’ proposals to increase public education funding and to attract and retain quality educators.

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