Most Wisconsin School Districts Get Less State Aid

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Monday, October 17, 2011

All but 13 of Wisconsin’s 424 public school districts are getting less state aid than a year ago. The Department of Public Education released the final numbers Friday, which show schools will see an average drop in state aid of about 10-percent.

The governor and Legislature approved a total of $4.25 billion dollars in general school aid for the term that began in September, which was an overall cut of about an 8.4-percent.

However, the numbers increased because the cuts failed to account for a roughly $110 million taken from public schools to cover an expansion of the voucher program in Milwaukee County and Racine.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has said districts could make up for the losses by having their employees pay more for toward their health insurance and retirement, just like state workers are now being required to do.

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