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Report: Wisconsin trails rest of nation in offering school breakfast

A new national report on school breakfast programs by the nonprofit Washington-based  Food Research and Action Center finds Wisconsin’s participation lags behind the rest of the country.

Although about 83 percent of schools in the state participated in the School Breakfast Program, that figure places Wisconsin near the bottom nationally, especially compared to at least 38 other states, where 90 percent or more schools participate in the program.


Gov. Evers budget address set for Feb. 28

Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019.  This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day.  As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction.  This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.

Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget.  Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13.  Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.

Information on Gov. Evers’ school funding reform proposal

In a recent blog post we provided a link to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.

Because some school board members have also requested information on the school funding reform plan proposed by Governor Tony Evers, we are providing links to the governor’s plan and information about it (see below).

Gov. Evers plans to make this funding reform proposal, which he refers to as the “Fair Funding for our Future” plan, part of the 2019-21 state budget bill he will be introducing later this month.   (more…)