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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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Open Enrollment Changing the Face of Public Schools

WISTAX’s SchoolFacts11 Provides Comprehensive School Information

October 24, 2011

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MADISON—In 2010-11, a record number of students took advantage of Wisconsin’s open enrollment program to attend school elsewhere than in their own district. The 34,498 participants was 8.1% higher than in 2010 and nearly five times higher than in 2001. Open enrollment numbers varied widely, with 13 districts experiencing net outflows of more than 10% of their student populations and 34 with net inflows of similar magnitude. These findings are detailed in SchoolFacts11, the annual reference book from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) that provides, for every school district in the state, a wide range of information on enrollment, finance, staffing, and test scores.

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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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State Budget Continues Spending Shift From Education to Medicaid

Closes 15-Year Structural Deficit, But Leaves Little Fiscal Breathing Room

October 12, 2011

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The recently enacted 2011-13 state budget continues a long-term shift of state spending priorities from education to human services, particularly Medicaid. The share of 2011-13 state general fund spending going to K-12 schools and the UW System combined is 40.8%, down from 45.3% in 2009-11. In contrast, Medicaid’s spending share will rise from 8.4% to 13.6%.

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Federal Figures Show Wisconsin School Spending 5.5% Above U.S.

Recent Benefits Changes Will Likely Affect State’s National Rankings

October 10, 2011

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MADISON—Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are included, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.
 

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Federal Figures Show Wisconsin School Spending 5.5% Above U.S.

Recent Benefits Changes Will Likely Affect State’s National Rankings

October 10, 2011

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MADISON—Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are included, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In “School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.
 

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Choosing State Supreme Court Justices: Is there another way?

A Column by Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

September 26, 2011

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MADISON—Is it any wonder that Wisconsin citizens ask whether there is a better way to choose state supreme court justices? Colonists objected to George III’s appointing and removing judges at will, and Americans have fought over judicial selection ever since.

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