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Why Does the Wisconsin Budget Matter to WFB Schools?

Whitefish Bay School District has a tradition of academic excellence, a standard that is reflected in its ranking this year as one of the Nation’s top 100 schools.  Our district has maintained this standard despite experiencing significant cuts to the state’s education budget since 2011.  The Governor’s 2017-2019 proposed budget includes a $200 per pupil increase that is tied to several contingencies. The Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) has determined that this increase falls short of what students across Wisconsin need to ensure a quality education.

Our School District has experienced funding challenges that have resulted in tighter budgeting and program refinements. Without a sufficient funding increase, further cuts-beyond what has already been cut- may need to be considered. 

Make sure your local legislators know that the quality of your children’s education is a priority. Although a $200 per pupil funding increase may help our district avoid deep cuts, Advocates for Education-WFB agrees with WPEN that the increase should be closer to $300 per pupil statewide to sustain and enrich quality programming for children across the state. Lawmakers also need to understand that this funding must be free from conditions and granted outright for all Wisconsin public school students.

Here’s what you can do:

Submit Testimony to members of the Joint Finance Committee;

Testify in person at the JFC Hearing on April 5th at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center (Register in advance with WPEN if you wish);

Contact your State Legislators.