State spending on education up in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State support for K-12 public schools in Wisconsin has increased slightly.

A report from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released Tuesday shows that state support for schools last year was 62.7 percent of costs. That’s up from 62.3 percent in 2014 and 62 percent in 2013.

Numerous factors play into the percentage of state support schools receive, including property values, poverty levels and how much aid targeted for specific needs is delivered.

The state used to have a commitment to funding two-thirds of schools’ costs, but that was eliminated in 2003.

The Norris School District south of Waukesha ranked highest in state support at 99 percent. It was followed by Wauzeka-Steuben, Beloit, Boscobel and Norwalk-Ontario.

Washington Island got the lowest level of support at nearly 20 percent.

A sampling of state support for school districts in our area:

  • Algoma – 69.3%
  • Appleton – 66.2
  • Crivitz – 27.1
  • De Pere – 60.2
  • Fond du Lac – 66.6
  • Green Bay – 72.8
  • Kewaunee – 54.7
  • Manitowoc – 68.5
  • Oconto – 74.1
  • Oconto Falls – 66.0
  • Oshkosh Area – 65.5
  • Princeton – 29.5
  • Shawano – 63.5
  • Sheboygan Area – 74.0
  • Washington Island – 19.8
  • Wautoma Area – 55.7

Click here for the report listing all Wisconsin school districts (PDF format)