The Milwaukee School Board approved a resolution Thursday night joining a growing number of school districts in calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature to restore the $127 million K-12 education funding cut in the first year of the governor’s proposed budget.
MTEA supports this resolution and is committed to fighting the governor’s current budget proposal.
The resolution, like those in a number of other districts, also calls on lawmakers to increase state-imposed revenue limits to match the rate of inflation.
The proposed budget would cut approximately $12 million in funding to Milwaukee Public Schools. Coupled with the fact that the budget proposal does not provide for any increase in the revenue limit for Wisconsin school districts at a time when costs are growing due to inflation, MPS will have to cut about $23 million in spending for the 2015-16 school year.
The resolution notes that, while the governor’s budget plan includes $142 million in per-pupil “categorical” aid in the second year of the budget, the net effect is still a $112 million cut to K-12 schools over two years.
A copy of resolution passed by the board is available here.