School Funding Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A superintendent who did his doctoral research on the 'foundation' school funding system warns of its potential problems.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday that the foundation plan is under consideration by Gov. Doyle. It would be a major change in how the state funds public schools and it could include the first statewide property tax levy for schools. Local school boards would also have the ability to raise additional property taxes for extra spending in their schools.

Marshfield Superintendent David Smette worked in North Dakota which had a foundation plan. Smette says the system raises much less in districts with lower property values. He says it puts smaller districts at a disadvantage.

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