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Legislative Alert from Supt Allinger: Legislation could impact Appleton public school funding 
To all AASD Parents,
Presently, the Wisconsin State Assembly is considering Assembly Bill 751 Amendment 2, that, if passed, would have a significant negative impact on future funding for the education of the students of the Appleton Area School District (AASD).  Amendment 2 of the AB 751 would change the funding formula for the Private School Voucher Program. The impact of this change is an estimated $587,000 reduction in funding for public schools in the AASD, and a $22.7 million reduction in public school funding statewide.
 
The current funding formula enables districts to cover the lost revenue that is used to pay for the vouchers, as well as the corresponding additional costs for bussing of eligible voucher students, administering services for English Language Learners and special education students participating in the voucher program. 

The proposed legislation will not cover the lost revenue to public schools that would be used to pay for the vouchers.

This link follows the progress on Assembly Bill 751. The Assembly Education Committee will take up this  legislation on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has created a memo detailing the financial impact of the Amendment on public school districts.

Names, phone numbers, and emails are available here should you wish to reach out to any members of the Assembly Education Committee. We are fortunate to have our Assembly Representative Dave Murphy serving on the Education Committee. 

Please consider contacting members of the Assembly Education Committee to share your perspective.

Please feel free to contact either Chief Financial Officer Don Hietpas at (920) 997-1399 ext. 2029 or me with any questions. 

Sincerely,
Lee Allinger
(920) 832-6126
Superintendent
Appleton Area School District
Posted by aasdwebmaster On 09 February, 2016 at 5:14 PM  

 
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