NW Wisconsin Schools See Reduction In Funding

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 6:24 am

Most public school districts in northwestern Wisconsin will see less state aid this year as the state sends more money to private school choice programs in the southeastern part of the state.

The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last school year.

WDIO reports the largest percentage cut of about 15 percent will be seen in the Bayfield, Birchwood, Hayward, Mercer, Northwood (Minong), Siren, Solon Springs, South Shore, and Spooner districts. Even though state aid increased by about $32 million, the amount public schools will get will decrease over the prior year after about $158 million is directed toward private school choice programs in Milwaukee and Racine.

One school, Shell Lake, will actually see a 24 percent increase, meaning an additional $522,335.

The nearly $4.3 billion spent on school aid this year is down more than 7 percent from what schools received two years ago.

Each year, the state is required to notify district by Oct. 15 with the actual amount of how much state aid they will receive for that year.

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