Districts in Door and Kewaunee counties may be less likely to have to go to referendum to address budget deficits if recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding are approved. After holding public meetings across the state this year, the commission addressed nineteen key areas. Under the proposals, revenue limits would be tied to inflation and school districts in rural areas would not be penalized as harshly by declining enrollment. Commission co-chairperson and First District Assemblymember Joel Kitchens says his meeting with superintendents in Door and Kewaunee counties went well when he discussed the proposed changes with them.
Kitchens says the full report will be published in the coming weeks in advance of the Wisconsin Legislature taking up specific proposals as standalone legislation or a part of the budget process. In the coming weeks, we will ask superintendents for their thoughts on the proposals made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.