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Governor announces release of $110 Million in federal funds for school districts

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the release of $110 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for Wisconsin school districts.  The release of the funds makes good on a pledge the governor made when he signed the 2021-2023 biennial budget into law earlier this year to invest more than $100 million in new, additional funding into Wisconsin’s schools.

The  $110 million investment announced today will be distributed on a per-pupil basis.  Every Wisconsin school district will receive an additional $133.72 in per pupil aid based on its three-year membership count used for calculating revenue limits.  A full list of the amounts to be received by school district is available here
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DPI releases certified student count data, general aid amounts

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today released information on fall student counts, school district revenue limits and general school aids for the 2021-2022 school year.

From DPI:

“Wisconsin school districts reported similar enrollments for fall 2021 as they did for fall 2020, reflecting the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data published is unaudited and is based off enrollment counts performed on Sept. 17, 2021, the third Friday of September, and reported to the DPI.”
 
For more information on fall student counts and revenue limits, and for a full news release, click here.

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Late additions receive hearing this week

Late additions receive hearing this week

As an addendum to our previous post, the following bills also received a public hearing in the Assembly education committee on Thursday, Sept. 17.  

AB 562 This bill requires each school board of a school district and each operator of an independent charter school, before providing any program related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression to a pupil in the school district or attending the charter school, to give notice of the program to the pupil’s parents or guardians. This notice is required with respect to a pupil in any grade before such a program is provided to the pupil. A “program” is defined to include instruction and materials as well as any test, survey, questionnaire, or other activity. (more…)

Legislature takes no action in Special Session on K-12 funding

Legislature takes no action in Special Session on K-12 funding

Governor Tony Evers called the Legislature into Special Session on July 27 to take up his proposal, “to do what’s best for our kids and schools,” to boost funding for Wisconsin’s K-12 schools and higher education by $550 million. The Legislature convened and ended the special session with no discussion or consideration of the Governor’s proposal.

The WASB will continue to follow any developments on school funding and other forthcoming legislation that impacts Wisconsin schools.

Gov. Evers calls legislative Special Session intended to boost state education spending

Gov. Evers calls legislative Special Session intended to boost state education spending

In a video and through a press release, Gov. Tony Evers today announced that he will call the Legislature into special session tomorrow morning (Tuesday 7/27) to take up a proposal that Evers called “what’s best for our kids and our schools.”

In his Executive Order calling the Legislature into a special session, the governor urges lawmakers to take up a draft bill that would invest a combined $550 million in Wisconsin’s K-12 schools and students, and higher education. 

The proposal would provide:

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Gov. Evers calls legislative Special Session intended to boost state education spending

Gov. Evers signs budget; announces additional $100 million in one-time federal funds for schools

Today, Governor Tony Evers signed the 2021-23 state budget with no major changes to the K-12 provisions as passed by the legislature, and also announced he would allocate an additional $100 million in one-time federal funding for schools from COVID relief funds under the governor’s discretion.

The governor said he was unwilling to risk the $2.3 billion in federal funds for schools with a full veto of the budget and also acknowledged that “Republicans and their allies” were careful with the language included in the bill and did not provide an avenue to increase school funding with a line-item veto as he did in the last budget. (more…)