Changes to Public Education in 2017
During the budget cycle of 2015-17, Wisconsin citizens watched in dismay as our government attacked the public education system. While the current proposed budget for 2017-19 is better, it is not great and does not even come close to restoring the damage done during the past two years. The proposed budget would increase per pupil spending $200 per year for the next two years. The budget increases the number of voucher schools allowed in the state (which takes money away from public schools). And special education funding will not be increased - which would be the 10th consecutive year that special needs children will not be getting the funding for services they require. As part of the increase in funding, a good portion of it will go toward property tax reduction (instead of to the schools). The result is that most districts would be forced to cut taxes by the same amount of the increase they receive in general state aid.