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Governor, State Supt. release K-12 state budget priorities

Today, Governor Tony Evers and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly released a K-12 education state budget plan that focuses on “improving reading and literacy outcomes, expanding access to student mental health services and school nutrition, providing financial literacy and out-of-school programming, addressing the staffing shortages to help keep class sizes small, and increasing per pupil and special education aids while holding line on property taxes”.

The plan provides an increase of nearly $2 billion for public schools at a time when stronger than expected tax collections have created a projected $5 billion state surplus. According to the release, that will allow for an increased investment in K-12 education without raising property taxes. (more…)