I am happy to report that Republicans are once again delivering the highest actual dollar for K-12 funding ever. Our budget invests an additional $500 million in K-12, bringing the state’s total investment to $12.3 billion! Despite what you may have heard, K-12 education will be the largest general purpose revenue appropriation in the entire budget.
Unlike the governor’s unrealistic campaign document, our education plan is sustainable. Our school districts asked for a reliable and predictable funding plan., and Republicans listened and delivered. Under our plan, schools will see a significant bump in revenue, but are protected if there is a downturn in the economy.
Governor Evers loaded his budget with one-time funding. That’s what Democrats did the last time they were in power. They didn't plan for a downturn in the economy, and when it did the state faced a $3 billion structural deficit from overspending. We dug out of the hole created by the Democrats and now are delivering record funding.
Our plan puts more money directly into the classroom. Just like school districts asked for, we are providing an extra $404 in per pupil funding over the next two years.
Special Education will get a nearly $100 million boost - which will be a 30% reimbursement of the cost by the second year of the budget. Back when Tony Evers was “non-partisan,” he asked for that level of reimbursement in his last few budgets requests.
To make sure kids get the care they need, our budget doubles funding for mental health programs in our schools. We also help out rural school districts with increases in sparsity aid, high-cost transportation aid, and grants to help recruit teachers to rural areas.
Republicans are continuing to trust parents to make the right decisions on which school is right for them. We are reversing the governor's decision to freeze choice and charter schools. I believe every child deserves access to a quality education no matter where they live.
As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at