State superintendent calling for $613 million increase in state aid over the next two years

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MADISON (AP) — State Superintendent Tony Evers is calling for increasing state aid to public schools by $613 million over the next two years, a request that will have to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature and be signed by Governor Scott Walker before taking effect.

The two year budget request Evers submitted Monday, November 10th would increase aid to public schools 2.6 percent in the 2015 school year and 4.7 percent the year after.

Evers is also once again calling for rewriting Wisconsin’s school aid formula, something he has put forward since 2010 but that has gone nowhere.

Evers’ budget request would also allow schools to increase spending per student $200 the first year and $204 the second. In the past two years spending was allowed to go up only $75 per student each year.

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