Budget cuts, referendums, schools closing and consolidating. Ithas been the story around the state and many districts say it isbecause of the revenue caps in the current funding formula.
"We've adjusted, restructured, eliminated programs and staff,"said Greg Maass, Superintendent of Green Bay Area Schools. "Insteadof planning ahead with confidence, you really plan ahead withuncertainty."
The state's teacher's union, Wisconsin Education AssociationCouncil (WEAC), has also been an advocate of funding reform andsays it supports the plan announced by State Superintendent TonyEvers.
"Classroom teachers and members across the state all rely on thestate tax dollars and funding of public education," said WEACPresident, Mary Bell. "The superintendent's plan makes those makesthose dollars very transparent."
While many of the details have yet to be released, Evers sayshis plan will:
- Provide a minimum level of state aid for every student, nomatter where in Wisconsin they live.
- Use student poverty as a factor in determining a portionof state aid.
- Expand aid for rural schools, where transportation is anissue.
Evers plans to do this by reallocating hundreds of millions ofproperty tax credits from schools, which currently show up onproperty tax bills in December.
"By allocating nearly $900 million School Tax Levy Credit, whichdoes not pay for one single child to be educated, into generalschool aids we will hold net property taxes statewide steady," saidEvers.
The plan would have to be approved by the both the Assembly andthe Senate before coming law. The legislature, which is currentlycontroled by Democrats, will not be in session until after fallelections. By then, voters will not only choose a new governor butdecide which party will control the Statehouse.
"It's just if BP would come to people who drive cars rightnow and ask for a buck more a gallon to study gas guzzlers," saidState Rep. Phil Montgomery, R, Green Bay. "No, fix the well."
Richard Parins with The Brown County Taxpayers' Association sayshe wants to see exactly how the plan will affect taxpayers but saysopening the discussion is an encouraging step.
"The best part I think about what the superintendent is talkingabout is we are going to have maybe some accountability forresults," said Parins. "I think that's what people really want tosee."
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