Education

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Early Care and Education

September 26, 2017
The final 2017-19 budget bill provides a significant increase in funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program relative to the current spending level, especially in the second fiscal year of the 2017-19 two year budget. Nevertheless, the increased appropriations are far below the amounts expended in past years, before the state made policy changes that have significantly reduced the reimbursement rates and the number of families and providers participating in the subsidy program. The budget also includes additional funding for home visiting.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for K-12 Education

September 26, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have approved an education budget that significantly increases resources for Wisconsin K-12 schools. Although this is the first major influx of new funding for K-12 schools in several years, most of the increase is delivered in a way that will move the state away from its commitment to providing more assistance to districts with less capacity to boost local property tax support for schools.

A Summary of the Final 2017-19 Budget for Higher Education

September 25, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have approved a higher education budget that continues a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin System. The budget includes a small increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a set of outcome measures. The budget does not roll back significant budget cuts that lawmakers have made in recent years to the UW System or the technical college system.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Budget for K-12 Education

September 20, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers are in the process of passing 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. The budget also increases the amount of public money going to private schools and cuts property taxes compared to what they would otherwise be.

An Updated Summary of the Proposed Budget for Higher Education

September 12, 2017
Wisconsin state lawmakers have proposed a higher education budget that continues a tuition freeze at the University of Wisconsin System. The budget approved by the Joint Finance Committee includes a small increase in state support for the UW System, distributing the funding based on how individual campuses perform on a set of outcome measures. The budget does not roll back significant budget cuts to the UW System or the technical college system that lawmakers have made in recent years.

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.