Education

Competing Proposals for Wisconsin Schools: A Comparison of Three Different Education Budgets

July 24, 2017
Governor Walker, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans, and Senate Republicans have each released their own version of an education budget. This table highlights the major areas of difference in their budget proposals, as well as the general reaction of education advocates, a diverse group with varied positions.

Competing Proposals for Wisconsin Schools: A Comparison of the Governor’s and the Assembly’s Education Budgets

June 22, 2017
In response to Governor Walker’s K-12 education budget proposal, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have released their own version of an education budget. The Assembly version allocates about $90 million less in state funding to K-12 schools and would result in slightly higher taxes for property owners compared to the Governor’s budget.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Higher Education

March 2, 2017
Governor Walker’s budget proposes freezing tuition at the state’s technical college system and cutting tuition for the University of Wisconsin System. He recommends slightly increasing state support to partly pay for the tuition freeze and cut. He also proposes a modest increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a specified set of outcome measures.

A Summary of the Governor’s Proposed Budget for K-12 Education

February 14, 2017
Governor Walker has proposed an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools, with most of the increase delivered in a way that would move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.

Budget Cuts and Teacher Shortages: With Fewer Resources, Schools Struggle to Find Teachers

January 12, 2017
Wisconsin students attend schools that invest significantly less resources per student than they did a decade ago. School spending in Wisconsin declined in recent years, in contrast to the national trend of increasing resources for schools. Most school spending consists of employee salaries and benefits, and Wisconsin school districts have reduced both.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Higher Education

March 30, 2016
Lawmakers passed several minor bills to expand opportunity for college students, but did not address the issue of helping students who graduate with a large amount of student loan debt.

A Summary of Recent Legislative Action on Education

March 21, 2016
Wisconsin state lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session, after passing several bills affecting education. Several proposals that received a significant amount of media coverage did not pass.

Proposed Limit Would Restrict New Resources for Schools, Even as Amended

December 16, 2015
Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a change that would make it more difficult for voters to approve additional resources for children in public schools in their district. An amendment to the bill would make the limits less restrictive than originally proposed, but would still make it more difficult for residents to pass referenda increasing local support for schools.

Proposed Limits Would Make it More Difficult for Voters to Approve New Resources for Schools

October 27, 2015
Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a change that would make it more difficult for voters to approve additional resources for children in public schools in their districts. Wisconsin lawmakers are seeking to limit the opportunities voters have to approve referenda, by prohibiting a school district from sending a referendum to voters for a period of two years after a referendum was rejected by voters.

Fewer Teachers, Less Experienced Teachers Mean Challenges for Wisconsin’s Public Schools

August 25, 2015
Wisconsin public schools face significant challenges, including a long-term reduction in resources, student-teacher ratios that have grown faster than the national average, and fewer experienced teachers.