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DPI: More than half of Wisconsin public school districts to get more state aid

A shot of a classroom. (By Marlith (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)
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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Just over half of Wisconsin's 422 public school districts will get higher state aid in the coming year.

That's according to preliminary estimates released Tuesdday by the Department of Public Instruction.

Total general school aids are up 2.1 percent statewide, to almost $4.5 billion. Even so, 197 districts will get less, because of how they fit into the state's funding formula.

The statewide aid package is still less than what it was in 2011, before Republicans dramatically cut state support and urged schools to get the funding back themselves by finding savings through the Act 10 union bargaining limits.

Also, school districts are sharing their aid with a growing number of private schools that get tax-funded vouchers to teach low-income kids.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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