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Wis. Legislature Approves Rural School Money

The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill to help rural schools by making changes to the state's school aid formula. The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill to help rural schools by making changes to the state's school aid formula. |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: February 21, 2018 09:57 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature has passed a bill designed to fix a part of Wisconsin's school aid formula that penalizes low-spending districts.

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The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday passed the measure that allows low-spending school districts to raise property taxes without a vote. It would only apply to districts where votes have not rejected a property tax increase in the past three years.

About 100 districts are expected to be eligible.

The bill would also increase by $6.5 million the amount of aid available to the most rural schools in the state. The money would go to 144 qualifying schools that have 745 or fewer students and membership density of less than 10 students per square mile.

The measure previously cleared the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.


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