Assembly Proposes Cut to K-12; Budget Impasse + WPEN release | WisCommunity

Assembly Proposes Cut to K-12; Budget Impasse + WPEN release

June 6, 2017 - 8:05pm

From our friends at the Wisconsin Public Education Network

Dear friends of Wisconsin Public Schools, K-12 public education funding discussions today as Assembly Republicans took their stalemate on the budget to the next level by putting forward an alternative that cuts $90 million from the Governor's K-12 budget and changes per pupil funding from $200 to $150/student. While their proposal includes a welcome raising of the low revenue limit ceiling (something districts have long asked for), raising this limit without providing an equitable increase in aid is a shell game puts the burden of finding funding on local districts and would create even more inequities between "haves" and "have nots" around the state. While Senate Republicans were quick to hold firm on their commitment to the Governor's proposed budget, it is now unclear when the Joint Finance Committee will take up K-12 funding, and what "compromises" are in store as they continue to engage in closed-door negotiations. Continuing to reach out to all legislators during this time is critical, and they need to hear from all of us - superintendents, parents, board members, teachers, and community members. Our partners around the state were quick to respond and I spend much of the day getting my finger on the pulse and collecting quotes from local level teams.
#ff0000;">We compiled their responses in this press release, which we encourage you to read and share widely -- and feel free to borrow from in your continued community and legislative communications:

Thank you to all who reached out and submitted quotes for this - it is very helpful to connect and share these perspectives, and your thoughts reflect the deep concerns felt around the state. I also recommend reading this . Please continue to speak up for a budget that meets the needs of all kids, and remind legislators that the Wisconsin public education community is united in its support of a minimum $200 increase to per pupil funding, with no strings attached and no additions of unvetted policy items at the final hour. Heather Heather DuBois Bourenane • (608) 572-1696 •
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