State Superintendent Reintroduces "Fair Funding for Our Future"
State Superintendent Tony Evers reintroduced his “Fair Funding for Our Future” school finance reform plan to reinvest in public schools and fix the state’s school finance system while protecting property taxpayers.
“We can do right for our kids,” Evers said. “This Fair Funding plan is a realistic and ready first step that provides solutions that are good for education and our economic future.”
Although the plan has received bipartisan accolades, “the last budget obviously went in a different direction,” noted Evers during an event Monday at Irving Elementary School in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.
Part of the Department of Public Instruction’s 2013-15 budget request, Fair Funding for Our Future would increase general and categorical school aid (see next article). This, together with measures for predictable growth in state aid, creates a pathway to restoring the state’s two-thirds funding commitment to education by 2017.
Districts could also depend on a predictable amount of funding per student regardless of where they live. And, the plan uses a poverty factor to introduce family income, not just property values, as a measure of districts’ need for aid.
The plan would restore revenue limit authority, increase per pupil revenue limits, and direct all state school support directly to districts.