May 26, 2021
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is set to vote tomorrow on budget items related to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the University of Wisconsin System (UW), and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). In general, JFC will vote tomorrow on how much funding taxpayers will give to K12 education throughout the state, the School Choice and Charter School programs, Technical Schools, and our vast UW system.
In the 2019 – 2021 state budget, DPI and K12 education received a total of $15.2 billion in funding. In that budget, JFC Republicans gave a $665 million dollar increase in total state aid to schools. On top of that increase, Governor Evers gave an additional $85 million increase over the budget as written, courtesy of his veto pen. In the 2021-2023 biennial budget, Evers wants to increase DPI’s budget to $17.3 billion.
As the chart above shows, K12 education in Wisconsin has received very generous funding increases in the last five budgets. Since 2011, K12 education funding has increased by $2.7 billion. Despite what some on the far-left will say, our schools are not starving or in desperate need of a massive funding