State K-12 Funding Proposal

We are 22 days away from when the current state budget deadline arrives as lawmakers continue to negotiate items, including funding for K-12 schools. Tuesday, the assembly offered an alternative K-12 proposal aside from Governor Walker's plan. Fox 25/48's Abigail Hantke has more on why a local school district is opposed to this new idea. 

The clock is ticking down until the current state budget deadline on June 30th. However, several negotiations are still underway including funding for K-12 education.

The assembly recently unveiled their proposal, cutting nearly 70 million dollars from the governor's original school funding plan, which Eau Claire Area School Board members say is a mistake.

"The fact that in the 11th hour of the budget negotiations they're now pulling this stunt basically and putting everything back to the drawing board with this new assembly proposal in a way that harms school districts, it's not the right course for this state."

Joe Luginbill, with the Eau Claire Area School Board says the assembly's plan would cost the district 1.1 million dollars in funding, saying we should move forward with the governor's original plan.

However, Wisconsin State Assembly members are spending this time traveling the state to talk with superintendents on why this new plan is more feasible. State representatives met Thursday in Lake Hallie, and are hoping to talk with the senate next week.

"If this had been proposed by governor, 150 per pupil first year, 200 second year, and low revenue relief, and categorical aids for things such as high cost transportation, high cost special education, this would have been something everybody would embrace."

The assembly's plan would spend about 70 million dollars less than the governor's original proposal to spend 649-million dollars more on school funding.

In Eau Claire, Abigail Hankte, Fox 25/48.

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