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Evers, Republicans Talking K-12 Education Funding

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has scheduled a rare private meeting with Republican legislative leaders to talk about K-12 education funding. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has scheduled a rare private meeting with Republican legislative leaders to talk about K-12 education funding. | 

Updated: May 22, 2019 11:18 AM

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers scheduled a rare private meeting with Republican legislative leaders to talk about K-12 education funding. The meeting Wednesday came as Assembly Republicans plan to unveil their education-funding plan, a day before the Legislature's budget-writing committee was to take up the issue. 

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Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said after the roughly 30-minute meeting Wednesday that they are still trying to figure out what the amount will be. He says Senate and Assembly Republicans have not yet met to talk about it.

Assembly Republicans scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce their position.

Fitzgerald says Republicans want to spend more money on special education, but he didn't say how much. Evers has proposed $606 million more for special education as part of a $1.4 billion overall K-12 increase, a boost of 10 percent.

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