Governor Walker, Education Leaders Call on Legislature to Approve $649 Million for K-12 Education
Governor Walker’s budget increases per-pupil funding by $200 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2018 and $204 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2019.
Waukesha – Governor Scott Walker visited Waukesha South High School with education leaders today to visit with students and faculty and to call on the Legislature to support his proposed $649 million increase for all Wisconsin K-12 schools. Governor Walker’s budget would also lift the state’s K-12 investment to $11.5 billion over two years, an all-time high.
“We’re here today to visit with the students and teachers here at Waukesha South and to call on members of the Legislature to support our K-12 education proposal,” Governor Walker said. “Our budget places a high priority on student success and workforce development, and it’s receiving overwhelming support from people across our state. I thank all of the school leaders who are here with us today to support our budget.”
“We fully support and endorse the Governor’s budget proposal to increase per pupil aid by $200 and $204 throughout the biennium,” said Terri Phillips, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance. “This increase doesn’t solve all of our budget issues, but it goes a long way in helping our districts serve student’s needs and meet their community’s expectations of providing an excellent public education for their children.”
The Waukesha School District is estimated to receive more than $130 million in funding from the state under Governor Walker’s biennial budget, including:
- An increase of $7,624,896 in Per Pupil Aid. Governor Walker’s budget increases per-pupil funding by $200 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2018 and $204 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2019 – the largest increase since the 2005-2007 biennium.
The Waukesha School District may also be eligible for further funding under the governor’s proposal, such as mental health grants, energy efficiency incentives, and special needs grants.
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