Thursday, August 24, 2017

Joint Finance Committee Schedules Vote for K-12 Education Budget

The Joint Finance Committee will meet on Monday, August 28 to vote on the proposed K-12 education budget.

This includes Governor Walker’s plan to provide a $649 million increase to public, voucher and charter schools over the next two years. The Committee will also vote on several other items that are important to WEMTA, including library service contracts, Newsline for the Blind and a potential $9 million grant program to help schools provide one-to-one devices for 9th graders.

It has also been widely reported that there is consensus to increase the income eligibility limit for the statewide school choice program, though the exact amount of the increase is unknown at this time.

Once the committee votes on school funding, transportation funding will be the final big-ticket item for the panel.

A link to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau papers, which provide background on Governor Walker's proposals, is listed below:

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