Rural WI Educators Seek More State Aid

(AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is prepared to spend millions more on rural schools, but some education officials said it won’t be enough for some struggling districts.

State aid has dropped to schools in recent years, including a $1.2 billion cut four years ago.

The pain has been worse in some rural districts that face challenges such as increased transportation costs.

Walker said last week his budget will include a $19 million increase to help with that and also to improve broadband access.

Kurt Lindau, Superintendent of the remote Winter school district in northern Wisconsin, said what’s more important is whether Walker will loosen revenue limits that restrict how much money schools receive from property taxes and state aid.

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