Former Madison Mayor, Paul Soglin has been looking at a number of issues surrounding our school funding problems.
He concludes that:
Much of the cause of this is the strangling legislation which is driving Wisconsin public schools down the disastrous path of California, after the Golden State enacted Proposition 13.
The schools need more money. Wisconsin businesses need a productive and trained workforce. We are not only destroying children’s futures, but we are destroying the future of our state. The strangulation of our economy is not under the cover of darkness; it is happening in broad daylight.
He also discusses the impact of underfunding for special ed here. It would be helpful too if more attention were given to the ever growing number of kids enrolled in the critical but underfunded “Limited English Proficiency” program (ELL/ESL).