Wis. rural school leaders believe task force proposals falling short of needs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Even before a legislative task force issues its report on the needs of rural school districts, superintendents are saying the recommendations won't go far enough to address problems with funding and retaining talented teachers.

The task force report, which the group's chairman says could be delivered to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in the next month, focuses mostly on non-fiscal issues.

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) said the report could address maintaining or increasing state aid for transportation costs, greater access to broadband connectivity and creating an incentive for better teacher retention, such as loan forgiveness.

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