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Overhaul of school funding formula sought

Mar 01, 2019 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers in his first state budget would overhaul Wisconsin's school funding formula to shift more money to schools serving poor students in part by raising taxes by more than $550 million over two years.

Schools in Wisconsin would receive a $1.4 billion increase in funding over the next two years under Evers' 2019-'21 spending plan for K-12 education that also would allow school districts to raise property taxes by $200 per student in 2019 and $204 per student in 2020.

"We have to support our kids in the classroom and we also have to make sure we're supporting the educators who teach our kids, too," Evers said in his Thursday budget address in the state Capitol. "We need to do our part to make sure our educators know that the work they do is valued and to use these funding increases to do everything they can to keep our talented educators here in Wiscons...