Wisconsin School Leaders Say Governor Walker's Budget Falls Short

Monday, March 18, 2013

Public school leaders are analyzing what Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget will do for education.

Walker has proposed a budget that freezes general funding for Wisconsin’s public schools, introduces new incentive payments for districts, expands resources for the state’s voucher and charter schools and devotes significant money for evaluation in public schools.

The budget includes a modest increase in general state aid to public schools, but that money is more likely to wind up in the pockets of property taxpayers than in the classroom, according to the Wisconsin Budget Project, an initiative of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

That’s because the budget does not fit the revenue limit for school districts, which caps the amount of money that districts may raise through a combination of property taxes and general education aid from the state.

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