Such large cuts to education in the Wisconsin state budget “fix” just released (budget papers references in the text can be found here), that the axes are temporarily going up on the shelf and the saws have come out .
No time for a full analysis, just listing some of the low lights:
- Delete sate general school aids increase, $21,945,700.
- Reduce General School Aids Funding, “$147,001,900 GPR annually in funding for general school aids, which would represent a reduction of approximately 3.1% from base level funding of $4,799,501,900.”
- Undo the previous use of Stimulus money to fill 2008-9 gap. [see comments]
- Reduce per pupil Revenue Limit increase from $277 to $200 for 2009-10 and set adjustment at $275 for 2010-11.
- A “hold harmless” provision for Revenue Limit adjustments if the Consumer Price Index is negative (something good).
- Delete SAGE increases.
- Modify the effective date of the QEO repeal to July 1, 2010. “For school
district collective bargaining agreements that begin on or after July 1,2009, and that are not settled on the effective date of the bill, provide that until July 1, 2010, interest arbitration on unresolved economic issues would only be permitted if consented to by both the school district employer and the collective bargaining representative. In addition adopt Alternative B1 in Paper #330.”
- 2.5% reductions in categorical aids, see below for the ugly impact
More later, including a fact check to see if total education revenues actually ” increase by approximately 5% on a biennial basis.”
Thomas J. Mertz