ERIC Number: ED411582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Wisconsin School Finance in 1996-97.
Busch, Carolyn; Tychsen, Anita
During 1996-97 each of the three branches of Wisconsin State government--the judiciary, the executive, and the legislative--experienced substantial activity regarding educational finance policies. After describing Wisconsin's current school-finance system, this paper examines Wisconsin school finance based on the 1996-97 actions of the judiciary, executive (Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction), and legislature. In particular, the paper evaluates the depth and breadth of changes proposed or made to the state's school-finance system. A conclusion is that school finance continues to be a salient issue in Wisconsin; however, the "marginal" aspects receive the most attention. The reorganization of the Department of Public Instruction, which would have fundamentally changed the structure of education policymaking, and school-finance cases received less press than did court activity regarding the Milwaukee School Choice Program. In addition, both Superintendent Benson's and Governor Thompson's budget proposals only minimally change the school-finance system and do not deal with the state equalization-aid program. In summary, although all three branches of Wisconsin State government have seen much activity regarding education finance issues, the movement has not been directed toward substantially altering the current guaranteed-tax-base (GTB) system. Major change in financing school districts appears unlikely in the near future. Three tables are included. (Contains 15 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Madison, WI. Finance Center.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin