Walker faces legislative opposition to proposed $127M in K-12 cuts
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is facing opposition from legislators — including those in his own party — on proposed K-12 funding cuts.
- Walker's proposal would slash $127 million from districts during the 2015-16 school year, though a spokeswoman for the governor has argued that schools would see a higher budget in 2016-17 and school funding increases throughout both years due to school levy tax credits.
- Legislators say they've heard voter outcry over the proposal at recent public meetings and that they plan to add funding back into the budget. The state's Joint Finance Committee is set to review both the tax credits and overall K-12 funding in the coming weeks, according to the Wasau Daily Herald.
One key detail worth noting, as pointed out by the Wasau Daily Herald: The school levy tax credits go to taxpayers and not schools.
This isn't the first time in recent weeks that Walker's education plans have brought him into conflict with members of his own party, either. Last week, Republican legislators voiced concern over the impact that lifting a 1,000-student enrollment cap on the state's voucher program could have on families already participating in the program. Expect to see a rise in similar headbutting over education issues in other states as issues in the space become a larger point of concern among voters nationwide heading into 2016.
- Wasau Daily Herald Legislators plan to reject Walker school cuts
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