Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839

Wisconsin Rapids – Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal focuses on student success and includes significant investments in K-12 education, including $649 million in new state aids for all Wisconsin K-12 schools. It also lifts total K-12 investment to $11.5 billion over two years, an all-time high. Governor Walker traveled to Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids today to highlight the impact these investments will have for Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools.

“Our record level of investment for K-12 education in this budget will help prepare the next generation for their careers and lives,” Governor Walker said. “Thanks to our reforms, more money is going into the classroom and benefiting our students. It’s good to be here in Wisconsin Rapids today and to see all the outstanding work being done at Lincoln High School.”

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools is estimated to receive approximately $71.1 million in funding from the state under Governor Walker’s biennial budget, including:

An increase of more than $2.9 million in Per Pupil Aid. The governor’s budget increases per-pupil funding by $200 in Fiscal Year 2018 and $204 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2019 – the largest increase since the 2005-2007 biennium.
Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools may also be eligible for further funding under Governor Walker’s budget proposal, such as mental health grants, energy efficiency incentives, and special needs grants.

To learn more about Governor Walker’s proposed investment in K-12 education, click here. For Governor Walker’s full 2017 Budget Address, click here.

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