Common School Fund Threatened
Legislation related to nursing home regulation, introduced as companion bills AB-302 and SB-212, will reduce funding available to the school libraries, if passed.
The Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA) says the legislation could cost the Common School Fund (CSF) at least $1.5 million per year because it diverts fines and forfeitures on nursing homes from the CSF. This represents an estimated 5% of the total funds distributed.
The Common School Fund provides annual library aid support to all Wisconsin public school districts. It was established by the Wisconsin's Constitution to create a constitutionally protected form of public education financing.
Adapted from the Wisconsin Library Association's Legislation & Advocacy website