By Tim Kowols
School officials are patiently waiting on Wisconsin lawmakers to agree on a budget deal so they can finalize their own. According to the Associated Press, Governor Scott Walker said Tuesday there was an agreement in principle for the biennial budget, which is wrestling with issues including transportation funding. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says early reports were saying schools would be getting more money over the next two years, but he and his budget committee will still be conservative when looking at the numbers.
Schools still get funding from the state despite the stalemate, but it will continue at the levels of the previous budget. Education funding was slated to get a $740 million boost in the 2017-2019 budget according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.