State legislative Democrats only telling part of the story when it comes to education funding

by James Wigderson | June 27, 2016 10:42 am

If you only read the Democratic Party’s press releases, you’d think we’re funding school choice to the detriment of the kids in the public schools. The reality, as I report at[1], is completely different:

The memo says the voucher amount is $7,210 for kindergarten through eighth grade, and $7,856 per pupil in high school, while the state aid per pupil in public schools is $5,108.

But those numbers cherry-pick funding sources, making the comparison not even up to apples-to-oranges standards.

Actual spending per pupil in the state’s public schools is $13,031 when all funding sources are added, including local property taxes, federal aid and additional state categorical aid. For Milwaukee Public Schools, total revenue per pupil is $14,599 for the 2014-15 school year. The funding for the state’s school choice programs comes exclusively from the state’s general purpose revenue in the state budget — meaning the voucher is the total amount of per pupil aid those schools receive from taxpayers.

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