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Special Committee on Review of State School Aid Formula

Chair: Sen. Luther Olsen
Legislative Council Staff: Russ Whitesel and Mary Matthias
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The Special Committee is directed to study the current state school aid formula for public elementary and secondary schools in the state and to develop legislation to improve the method of allocating state funds to school districts.  The committee shall review the various components that are used to calculate and distribute school aids under the equalization formula and for categorical programs.  Also, the committee may review issues related to declining enrollment and increasing property values.  The committee may also review the current statutory restraints on local spending, including revenue limits and general referendum requirements, and qualified economic offers to teachers under the Municipal Employment Relations Act.  In addition, the committee may review funding formulas in other states and emerging trends in school finance as well as issues associated with rising property values and declining enrollments.

Report to the Legislature
Recommendation to the Joint Legislative Council (December 12, 2007)
  • Proposed Report to the Legislature, 2007-12, Special Committee on Review of State School Aid Formula (April 30, 2007)
  • LRB-2279/1, relating to awarding grants to school districts for school district consolidation feasibility studies; increasing the low-revenue ceiling for school district revenue limit purposes; authorizing a school district to exceed its revenue limit under certain conditions; modifying the school district revenue limit adjustment for declining enrollment; distributing transportation aid balances to school districts; providing for a study; and making an appropriation
  • Memorandum, Legislation Proposed by the Joint Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Review of State School Aid Formula; Changes to Reflect Provisions Enacted in Biennial Budget Bill [2007 Wisconsin Act 20]
  • LRB-2279/3, relating to increasing the low-revenue ceiling for school district revenue limit purposes; authorizing a school district to exceed its revenue limit under certain conditions; modifying the school district revenue limit adjustment for declining enrollment; distributing transportation aid balances to school districts; and providing for a study
April 2, 2007 Mail Ballot
  • LRB-2279/1, relating to awarding grants to school districts for school district consolidation feasibility studies; increasing the low-revenue ceiling for school district revenue limit purposes; authorizing a school district to exceed its revenue limit under certain conditions; modifying the school district revenue limit adjustment for declining enrollment; distributing transportation aid balances to school districts; providing for a study; and making an appropriation
Additional Material
  • Memo No. 1, Summary of Actions Taken by the Joint Legislative Council's Special Committee on Review of State School Aid Formula (January 31, 2007)
January 22, 2007 Meeting
December 18, 2006 Meeting
November 17, 2006 Meeting
October 25, 2006 Meeting
  • Memorandum, School District Referenda, from David Carlson, Director, School Financial Services Team, Department of Public Instruction (October 3, 2006)
  • Letter, from Green Bay School District (October 10, 2006)
  • Publication, Wisconsin's School Finance, A Policy Primer, the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Publication, Wisconsin Atlas of School Finance, Geographic, Demographic, and Fiscal Factors Affecting School Districts Across the State, Institute for Wisconsin's Future (February 2004)
  • Publication, Wisconsin Atlas of School Finance, Geographic, Demographic, and Fiscal Factors Affecting School Districts Across the State, Institute for Wisconsin's Future (2004) (SUMMARY VERSION)
  • PowerPoint Presentation, Moving From Good to Great in Wisconsin:  Funding Schools Adequately and Doubling Student Performance, distributed by Allan Odden, The Wisconsin School Finance Adequacy Initiative (October 20, 2006)
  • PowerPoint Presentation, 2007-09 DPI Biennial Budget School Finance Initiatives, by the Department of Public Instruction
  • Handout, Eligible School Districts for Sparsity Initiative in DPI 2007-09 Biennial Budget, distributed by the Department of Public Instruction
  • PowerPoint Presentation, Financing Public Education, by Jack Norman
October 5, 2006 Meeting
September 13, 2006 Meeting