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Increase school funding by $1.4 billion over two years in first budget

“As governor, Tony will: Increase school funding by $1.4 billion over two years in his first state budget.”

Subjects: Education

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First budget includes that amount. It's now the Legislature's turn

Increase school funding by $1.4B over two years in first budget

While still serving as the state schools superintendent in September 2018, Tony Evers submitted a budget that sought a $1.4 billion increase in school funding. On the gubernatorial campaign trail he pledged to make that a reality when he became governor.

Evers' first budget stuck with that number. He seeks to increase K-12 spending by $1.4 billion in the 2019-'21 budget — a 10 percent increase in funding for the state Department of Public Instruction.

But the budget battle is just beginning, with Republicans vowing to throw out the governor's budget and write their own.

For now, we rate this promise In the Works.

Sources:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tony Evers seeks to overhaul the state's school funding formula to account for poverty, Feb. 28, 2019

Email exchange with Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, April 15-16, 2019