By Tim Kowols
Revamping the state’s school aid formula expects to be a major topic when the Wisconsin Legislature debates it in the upcoming session. Based largely on per-pupil funding, school districts with declining enrollments and high property taxes are finding themselves having to go to a referendum on a regular basis to make up the different to help pay for programming and supplies. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says fixing the formula is just half the problem many administrators are facing.
The current formula used to distribute the millions of dollars in state aid to schools is more than 25 years old. State legislators will get a better idea of what they will be working with after Gov. Scott Walker presents his State of the State Address on Tuesday and releases his budget plan in February.