Republicans to provide far less for schools than governor recommended

Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) at a news conference before a Joint Finance Committee meeting Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. He is co-chairman of the committee.

MADISON – Republican lawmakers writing the next state budget plan to provide schools with $150 million in new funding — less than 10% of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed for schools — and will steer more federal stimulus funding toward districts that provided in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.   

The details of the GOP spending plan for schools over the next two years were released Thursday, days after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester and Senate President Chris Kapenga of Delafield questioned the need for large increases for Wisconsin schools in light of $2.6 billion in federal aid they are receiving because of the pandemic.

“The amount of federal money that is going to school districts is overwhelming. It’s really kind of obscene in many ways. It’s sad. It’s just too much money,” Vos said in an interview on Wednesday.