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With stagnant state funding, Wisconsin school districts feel the pinch

Cumulative Underfunding

This chart demonstrates the difference in an inflationary increase in per pupil funding allowed by the legislature compared to the amount the legislature actually increased it by.

Editor’s note: This is the first a three-part series on state funding impacts on local school districts.

When school districts ask voters to exceed the revenue cap for operating expenses this November, they will be joining dozens of others around the state.

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.