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Assembly Republicans Propose Additional $500 Million to K-12 Education

By John Forester | May 22, 2019

From WisPolitics.com …

Assembly Republicans today pledged to pump an additional $500 million into K-12 education, including the first increase in special education aid in more than a decade.

The proposal still falls well short of the $1.4 billion that Gov. Tony Evers proposed for K-12. But Assembly Republicans said it was an approach the state could afford and builds upon their “historic” investment in education in the current biennium.

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and JFC Co-chair John Nygren, R-Marinette, also said final details were still being worked out with Senate Republicans ahead of tomorrow’s Joint Finance vote on K-12 education. Both expressed optimism they were close on the details.

The Assembly GOP plan includes:

*raising revenue limits by $200 per student in the first year of the budget and an additional $204 in the second year. Some of that increase would be paid for by property tax increases.

*$50 million more in funding for special education, a 13 percent increase.

*an additional $20 million for student mental health.

*an additional $4.6 million for high-cost transportation.

*raising the revenue caps for low-spending districts to $10,000 over the next two years. They’re now at $9,400.

Evers’ budget was projected to result in an increase in property tax bills of $56 in the first year of the budget and $48 in the second year. That amounts to an increase of 2 percent and 1.6 percent.

Vos said the Assembly GOP plan would result in increases of less than 1 percent.

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