By Tim Kowols
A group of legislators, superintendents, and other education professionals hope by the time the next budget comes around that it has finally fixed school funding formula. The school funding formula has not dramatically changed in the last 20 years while tweaks along away have made the situation worse for some districts while not for others. Rep. Joel Kitchens co-chairs the commission studying the issues with the current formula and says he has been told by Speaker Robin Vos to do what is necessary to make it right.
The school funding formula is partly to blame for many school districts relying on referendums to make up shortfalls in their budget. Rep. Kitchens says public hearings will occur across the state next year, including one Green Bay.