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Schools superintendent skews funding facts

7:17 PM, Jun. 17, 2013  |  Comments
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I'm responding to Michelle Langenfeld's biased guest commentary on June 9. Langenfeld claims vouchers raise property taxes. This is mathematically impossible considering the cost per student in Green Bay will be based on the Milwaukee school district. Public schools there receive $13,441 per student, charters receive $7,775, and choice receives $6,442. Since it costs less to pay for children to attend choice schools, the property tax levy can only be less with choice.

As far as the impact choice has on public schools, public districts receive funding based on three-year averages because they're funded based on three-year average membership numbers, not actual annual enrollment. The number of pupils the district receives funding for is based on the average of a district's third Friday count membership in the current and previous two years. After students leave, public schools receive partial funding for students it no longer educates three years after the student leaves the district, not because of choice, but to provide a buffer for smaller districts in western Wisconsin that were losing enrollment. When choice students leave private schools, funding stops when students are no longer counted in school enrollment.

It's time for our public school superintendent to stop spinning the facts.

Jason Wisneski

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