WI: 163% increase in SPED spending; $969M in next state budget

Aug 1, 2018, Fox11, Green Bay, WI: State Superintendent makes a push for more special education funding in Wisconsin schools State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers is making a huge push for more public school funding. During the kick off Wisconsin's Annual Public Education Network Summit Wednesday, Evers announced plans to ask for $969 million for special education funding in the next state budget. "We need to prioritize student mental health, we need to shatter the decade long freeze on special education funding, we need to restore our education system, and expand crucial student support service," said Evers…. Without the 163 percent increase, Evers said Wisconsin school will continue to come up short in providing students with the resources they need. Appleton School Board member Jim Bowman agreed and said the additional money is needed to give students with special needs a quality education. "The special education funding is a big issue because the districts are getting reimbursed for just 26 percent of their costs and we are mandated by federal statute that special education students get everything they need," said Bowman. "So we come up short every year and that extra funding will help us," he explained.