In The News: Gov. Walker Fights For Student Success With More Funding For Rural Schools
October 16, 2017

[Madison, Wis.] – Gov. Scott Walker traveled across Wisconsin recently to show support for more Sparsity Aid for rural schools that will keep moving Wisconsin forward.

With a budget that already invests more actual dollars in K-12 classrooms than ever before, Gov. Walker’s bold, conservative reforms continue to ensure student success in rural communities and a bright future for Wisconsin’s hard-working families.

Check out what’s in the news:

From NBC 15: “Walker on Tuesday said he supports a bill circulated for co-sponsors in the Legislature to increase sparsity aid for low-population districts by nearly $10 million in the 2018 school year. The proposal from Republican Sen. Howard Marklein and Rep. Jeff Mursau would increase sparsity aid from $300 per student to $400 for districts with fewer than 745 students. It would also create a new tier of aid totaling $100 for each student in a district with 746 to 1,000 students.”

From The Eagle Herald: “Walker told students in Wausaukee he’s fighting for the smaller school districts. ’We’re now working with several lawmakers to bring those dollars back to make sure that all of the districts — particularly small districts in rural areas — have the kind of support that they need to ensure each child in the state has access to great education,’ he said. ‘That’s what this is all about.’”

From The Daily Cardinal: “Supporters say the new focus on low-populated school districts enables greater spending on educational equipment, technological integration and student services. This would help rural schools which are often constrained by the resources they can offer students.In a tweet addressing the Sparsity Aid plan, Walker says the new provisions would allow ‘every child [to have access] to a quality education, regardless of ZIP code.’”

From Wisconsin State Farmer:  “Governor Walker has visited more than 50 schools across Wisconsin since the beginning of 2017, and the budget he signed into law provides a $636 million increase in general and categorical aids. The total two-year state investment in K-12 education is $11.5 billion, an all-time high in actual dollars.”


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