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John Ashley statement on DPI budget request

WASB Applauds Proposal to Invest in Education

“We commend the state superintendent for calling for the investment of state funds into our local public schools, and specifically into special education, student mental health and providing flexible, spendable dollars that can be directed at the local level by school boards.

“These resources are vital to the mission of public school districts to serve all students and ensure they are college and career ready. (more…)

DPI submits $2.5 billion state budget request for schools

State Superintendent Jill Underly has submitted the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 2023-25 state budget request for funding public schools and libraries. This is the official beginning of the state budget process for public schools as this request sets the marker that the next governor will work from in proposing his budget early next year. This comes on the heels of Gov. Evers and State Supt. Underly releasing initial priorities last week.

From the DPI Press Release:

“The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today requested $2.5 billion in its 2023-25 biennial budget submission to the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The biennial budget request includes, but is not limited to, funding for the following: (more…)

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…)