Nearly 2 in 3 Districts to Experience Drop in Aid
Aid figures certified by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on October 15 indicate that 272 of the state’s 424 public school districts (64 percent) will receive less school aid in 2012-13 than they did in the previous year.
According to the DPI, although general school aid increased by $31.7 million from last school year, the actual amount of general aid that public school districts will receive is less than the amount appropriated due to statutory reductions for private voucher schools and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.
Specifically, notes the DPI, there are aid reductions from all 424 school districts to fund the 20 independent charter schools in Milwaukee and one independent charter school in Racine ($59.8 million from all 424 school districts). In addition, there are aid reductions for the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program ($59.4 million from Milwaukee Public Schools only) and the Racine Parental Private School Choice Program ($1.236 million from the Racine Unified School District only). Total estimated taxpayer costs for the private school choice programs in Milwaukee and Racine are $157.8 million.View DPI press release
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