Um… no. There are fewer and fewer kids in public education. Ergo, the budget for it should decline with the number of kids we are educating.
MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Public Instruction wants $1.6 billion more included in its budget over the next couple years than the last budget, but that might not be a request the Republican-led finance committee will grant.
The department is asking for a total of $7.4 billion in 2021-22 and $7.7 billion in 2022-23, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. This compares to $6.7 billion in 2020-21.
Mike Thompson, the deputy state superintendent, said the extra money will go toward initiatives in special education, equity and mental health aid.