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Effect of Vouchers on General School Aid Distribution

By John Forester | December 14, 2017

Several SAA members have asked recently about the impact that vouchers are having on their district’s general school aid distribution.  In response, the SAA discussed the issue with Representative Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb), the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Education Committee.  Representative Pope then asked for and received this memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB).

The memo shows what the 2017-18 distribution of general aid would have been if school districts had not been able to include incoming choice pupils in the Racine and statewide choice programs in their pupil membership for the calculation of general school aid.  If we had excluded incoming choice pupils in the calculation for the distribution of general aid in 2017-18, 286 districts would have received more general aid, while 70 districts would have received less aid and aid to 66 districts would have remained unchanged.  A total of $14.1 million in aid would have been redistributed.

The memo shows the impact of the proposal on each school district.  For example, Abbotsford, with 0 incoming choice pupils, would have received $14,244 more in general aid if we had excluded incoming choice pupils in the calculation for the distribution of general aid in 2017-18.

We hope you find this information useful.

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