Madison: “Without additional revenue, the district faces an estimated more than $30 million budget shortfall in fiscal year 2025” amidst declining enrollment

Scott Girard:

School Board President Nichelle Nichols said in the release that “the state must increase its support for schools” in the upcoming biennial budget.

“Without additional revenue, the district will have to make difficult decisions to realign the impact of this budget over the next several years, including the possibility of pursuing additional sources of revenue,” Nichols said.

Gov. Tony Evers proposed a historic investment in K-12 education in his budget, but Republican legislators, who control both legislative chambers, have thrown out much of what he proposed and begun building their own base budget. The Joint Finance Committee has not yet discussed K-12 funding, though, leaving school districts in the dark about how much they can expect to be able to spend and receive in state aid.

If legislators increase revenue limits for schools, which they have indicated they will to some level, it will lower the future deficits somewhat.

In the release, MTI leaders suggested the investment “acknowledges our most vital asset for student achievement and a thriving community, which is our staff.”

“Well, it’s kind of too bad that we’ve got the smartest people at our universities, and yet we have to create a law to tell them how to teach.”

The data clearly indicate that being able to read is not a requirement for graduation at (Madison) East, especially if you are black or Hispanic”

My Question to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Teacher Mulligans and our Disastrous Reading Results

2017: West High Reading Interventionist Teacher’s Remarks to the School Board on Madison’s Disastrous Reading Results 

Madison’s taxpayer supported K-12 school district, despite spending far more than most, has long tolerated disastrous reading results.

“An emphasis on adult employment”

Wisconsin Public Policy Forum Madison School District Report[PDF]

WEAC: $1.57 million for Four Wisconsin Senators

Friday Afternoon Veto: Governor Evers Rejects AB446/SB454; an effort to address our long term, disastrous reading results

Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration.

When A Stands for Average: Students at the UW-Madison School of Education Receive Sky-High Grades. How Smart is That?