State Cuts to Individual School Districts Announced
Most school districts in Wisconsin will see their general aid from the state drop by 10 percent between the 2011 and 2012 school years, according to new district-by-district information published by the Department of Public Instruction.
The Legislature cut general aid by $393 million for K-12 schools for the 2012 school year. That doesn’t include additional cuts to categorical aids, which support specific programs such as student transportation or four year old kindergarten.
In dollar amounts, the largest cut is to Milwaukee Public Schools, which will receive $52.1 million less in 2012 than in 2011, a nine percent drop. Madison Metropolitan School District will receive a cut of $6.7 million, a 13 percent drop.
Governor Walker has argued that new restrictions on collective bargaining rights will make it easier for school districts to deal with reductions in aid, by allowing districts to cut the compensation of teachers and other school district employers. However, many school districts have argued that the Governor’s “tools” are insufficient to deal with the severe cuts.