Like Madison, many Wisconsin School Districts will be finalizing their 2009-10 budget and tax levies tonight (Monday, October 26, 2009). Some have previously been highlighted on AMPS — most recently West Bend — , the struggles to deal with declining state funding has been documented in many posts, as has the trend of Not Taxing to the Max to keep property taxes as low as possible but it has been impossible to keep up with all the news.
That’s why I’m offering some linked recent school budget related headlines. Just reading these gives a good idea of how hard things are for districts. Click a few and get more of the sad details.
When you are done, click one more link and sent a note to Governor Jim Doyle, your State Senator and your State Representative. If we don’t pull their heads out of the sand, next year will be even worse and the following years I don’t want to think about.
This is far from comprehensive and they are in no particular order.
Read’em and weep, then get active.
Thomas J. Mertz