Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would receive a nearly $1.7 billion increase in state funding over the current budget cycle under state Superintendent Tony Evers’ two-year budget proposal released Sunday. The proposal would shift funding from property tax credits to aid that goes directly to schools. > Chippewa Herald
With voters saying Wisconsin’s schools are getting worse, Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are trying to blame one another for past budget cuts. Walker made historically deep cuts to schools in 2011. But he says Evers, the state schools superintendent, didn’t do enough to prevent cuts when Democrats were in charge. > FOX 6 Milwaukee
PolitiFact Wisconsin updates its fact-checking on Scott Walker’s claim that his administration is making a “record investment in schools”. Turns out he makes the comparison without any account for inflation, and once you do that, the seven state budgets prior to Walker taking office spent more on schools than his current budget does.
What happens to a rural town after it loses its only school? Arena, Wisconsin, is about to find out. > NY Times
Mark Gottlieb resigned as DOT secretary in December 2016 after a six-year tenure, a departure he says resulted from his realization that Gov. Scott Walker was moving away from a goal he thought they shared: fixing the state’s transportation funding problem and its deteriorating roads. > Cap Times
Gov. Scott Walker is directing state agencies to assume they will receive no additional state funding in their next budgets, with exceptions for K-12 schools and some basic adjustments for programs like Medicaid. Walker sent the instructions to state agency heads late last week. > Cap Times
At a press conference Wednesday (full video here), State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) says race and gender have played into the scrutiny she’s faced over her behavior the last few weeks, and that she plans to remain in office. Taylor was stripped of her position on the state Senate’s powerful budget committee Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio