ICYMI: Governor Walker Announces Sparsity Aid Increase for Rural Schools to Keep Moving Wisconsin Forward
January 9, 2018

[Madison, Wis.] – In case you missed it, Governor Scott Walker announced on Monday additional support for Wisconsin’s rural school districts through increased Sparsity Aid – in addition to the historic investments the state is making in our classrooms.

By increasing investments in Wisconsin’s rural school districts, Governor Walker is doubling down on his commitment to keep moving Wisconsin forward for hard-working families by ensuring student success in all parts of the state.

Read more from the Associated Press here or find excerpts below:

Scott Walker Gets Behind Funding Boost for Low-Spending Schools   
Scott Bauer
Associated Press
January 8, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker got behind a proposal Monday to boost aid for rural schools and allow low-spending districts to raise their property taxes without a vote, similar to a change he vetoed from the state budget. …

The measure will give Walker another pro-education talking point as he campaigns for re-election this fall. The budget he signed in September increased overall funding for schools, but the new bill would target both rural and cash-strapped districts. …

“I want to make sure children in the state get a great education no matter where they live,” Walker told the AP before joining Nygren to tout the proposal at Coleman High School in northeastern Wisconsin, about 20 miles west of Marinette.

The proposal would increase the maximum that qualifying low-spending districts can spend on a combination of local property taxes and state aid per student from $9,100 to $9,400 for the 2018-2019 school year. It would increase by $100 each year to a maximum of $9,800 in the 2022-2023 school year. …