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K-12 Education - Main

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on March 8, 2011 at 1:48:40 pm
 
  • Cuts aid to schools by about $900 million, or 9%, and reduces how much schools can collect from property taxes per student. 

  • Eliminates the requirement that schools be open 180 days a year. Schools could meet for fewer, but longer, days as long as the same minimum number of classroom hours were retained. 

  • Eliminates or cuts programs to students with particular service needs. Cuts to public education include state grants that would provide alternative education for struggling students ($4.5 million), alcohol and drug treatment programs ($8.7 million), bilingual-bicultural education (10% cut) and 4-year-old kindergarten (10% cut).

  • Spends $1.2 million ($600,000 in each of the next two years) to implement recommendations of a new task force appointed by Walker that would develop a third-grade reading test. The state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is questioning the constitutionality of Walker's plan to allocate funding for the test to the Department of Administration, because the the state constitution says supervision of public instruction is vested in the state superintendent of public instruction. DPI also questions the necessity of the test, given the state's existing 3rd grade reading test, and state plans to switch to a new testing system that will be comparable to other state tests. (WSJ 3/2/11).

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