Public school districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid April 28 from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries.
Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each school district. This year’s school library aid payment will be $24.95 (rounded) per child for 1,210,433 children counted in the 2012-13 school census. Funding is up from last year and the school census total is down by 7,770 children, meaning the per child payment will increase about 24 cents per child from the 2012-13 school year. Districts must use Common School Fund library aid by June 30 for the purchase of books, digital resources, and technology that is housed in the school library program.
“The Common School Fund supports Wisconsin’s teacher librarians and the resources of our school libraries, which are integral in helping students develop the college and career ready skills they will need to succeed in the future,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “The allocations from the Common School Fund are the main and sometimes only funding available to purchase the school library resources, digital and print, that are accessible to all students in our schools.”