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With stagnant state funding, Wisconsin school districts feel the pinch

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining school funding in Wisconsin.

When the Sun Prairie Area School District joins seven other districts in Dane County—and even more districts statewide—in asking voters to exceed the revenue cap for operating expenses, it won’t be alone.

Jill Underly

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly speaks in 2021 at a Wisconsin Public Education Network annual summit, saying, “We graduated a class in 2020 that knew nothing but cuts.”

School spending

This chart shows how per-pupil spending in Wisconsin has failed to keep up with the other inflationary costs.