Joint Finance: Record Investment in K-12 Education
$639 Million in New Education Funding & Potential RUSD Changes
Earlier this week the Joint Finance Committee approved the largest amount of K-12 school funding in Wisconsin history. The Committee approved $639 million in new education funding,the biggest increase in over a decade . This historic investment in schools will help every school in Wisconsin, with at least $200 in additional funding per pupil in each of the next two years.
The Joint Finance Committee also tackled a forthcoming issue for Racine Unified Schools (RUSD). As you may know, RUSD was listed as "Failing to Meet Expectations" on the Fall 2016 state report cards. A second "failing" report card in 2017 would trigger the Opportunity Schools Partnership Program (OSPP) which would require a 3rd party operate between 1-5 schools in the next school year. The state budget will give RUSD another year to right the ship and improve, so long as they are compliant with Act 10. If RUSD is still "failing to meet expectations" in the Fall of 2018, OSPP will go into effect and the villages will be able to determine if they want to continue with RUSD or forge ahead with their own school districts.
The Committee still plans to complete its action the first week in September, tackling Transportation, Tax Relief and the few remaining issues.