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Report: WI continues to fall behind nation in public school investment

by | Jul 7, 2022 | Legislative Update Blog, State Budget | 0 comments

From WPR: “A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum found that Wisconsin hasn’t kept pace with national growth in public education spending.

“Wisconsin spent $12,740 per student on public elementary and secondary education in 2020, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s almost 6 percent below the national average and ranks 25th in the nation for 2020. 

“Sara Shaw, senior education policy researcher for the Wisconsin Policy Forum, said Wisconsin only fell one ranking from 2019. But she said the decrease is the continuation of a larger trend over the last two decades. 

“In 2002, Wisconsin had the 11th highest per-pupil spending in the country.”

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