school funding

WI Leaders at Odds Whether to Spend Surplus on Public Schools

Feb 13, 2020
Wikimedia Commons Michael Anderson

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants state lawmakers to meet in special session to discuss spending surplus money on education. But it appears GOP leaders won't go along with the idea.

Last week, the Democratic governor announced a plan to spend $250 million of the state's projected budget surplus on public schools. Some of the money would go toward school-based mental health services.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander recently delivered the weekly Republican address and had some harsh criticism of vetoes done by Democratic Governor Tony Evers concerning education. Swearingen was a member of a task force on rural schools... mohamed_hassan

The complex issue of funding Wisconsin's public schools is the focus of a meeting tomorrow in Minocqua.

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods, partnering with the American Association of University Women, are hosting the meeting at the Mincoqua Public Library.

League spokesperson Louise Schotz says Dr. John Sample, Superintendent of Merrill Schools and Merrill Schools finance director Brian Dasher will be the presenters. Amichaelr07

A Northwoods resident has been invited to speak later today at the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding. The Commission has made Tomahawk one of the stops on it's tour around the state.

Milwaukee Public Schools

The top official of the Milwaukee Public Schools thinks there are many similarities between urban and rural schools, especially when it comes to funding.

Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver was in the Northwoods last week along with 13 other Milwaukee school leaders to look at the Fab Labs springing up in at area high schools.

Governor Walker was in Crandon last week, saying during his upcoming budget address, he'll announce more money going to rural districts in various forms.

Dr. Driver says all Wisconsin schools need to get more funding...

Wisconsin's most rural school districts...including several in the Northwoods...are getting money from the state to help meet expenses.

Department of Public Instruction spokesperson Tom McCarthy says the state allocates sparcity aid to small, rural districts who are required to provide curriculum and services, but don't have the student numbers to easily afford it...

Budget Proposal Diverts Timber Money to K-12 Schools

Jun 5, 2013
US Forest Service

Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.

Rhinelander school district officials have developed a web page so residents concerned about school funding can keep up to date.  Rural school districts are feeling a financial squeeze as many districts have fewer students and are getting less financial aid, but still required to follow mandates.

The legislature's budget-writing group, the Joint Finance Committee, is looking at school funding at this time.