Madison Memorial Division 1 Hoops Champs — School Sports Pinched by Funding Formula

Jeronne Maymon puts up a rebound shot over Racine Horlick's Jamil Wilson.  Joe Koshollek, Milwakee Jounral Sentinel. Click Imgae for more.

Jeronne Maymon puts up a rebound shot over Racine Horlick's Jamil Wilson. Joe Koshollek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Click Image for more.

The Madison Memorial Spartans defeated Racine Horlick 56-41 to win the WIAA Division 1 State boys basketball championship.  Congratulations.

Meanwhile, the Lakeland Times reports “Failing school funding formulas beginning to pinch athletics.  Here is what sports reporter Doug Etten has to say.

Though people are once again starting to see the signs of a market in recoup mode after a national credit meltdown, some area school districts are still struggling to make ends meet, and because of that, are passing the bill onto taxpayers.

Or at least trying in the case of many districts that have seen numerous referendums fail and fail miserably as taxpayers are standing up for what they think is a bad formula being handed down by the state.

As budgets are cut and staff members begin seeing their jobs in jeopardy, athletic teams are doing their best to remain untouched.

It is good to see reporters and newspapers recognize the cause of local district problems is at the state level.

Thomas J. Mertz

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One response to “Madison Memorial Division 1 Hoops Champs — School Sports Pinched by Funding Formula

  1. Sean Cavanagh of EdWeek posted a related story today, “School Sports on Chopping Block.”

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