Janesville School Board members suggests funding reform

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Stan Stricker
September 2, 2009

A Janesville School Board Commissioner says now may be the time for school funding reform.

Tim Cullen tells WCLO's Stan Milam Show Governor Doyle's decision not to run for reelection could enable him politically to go against the wishes of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Cullen also says it's time for the Democratic Legislature to tell WEAC the organization has done well in past budgets, and now is time for a change. The former legislator appears to support the idea of using a sales tax to aid funding reform, saying he proposed it 25-years ago. For that to work however, Cullen says property owners must believe the sales tax is relieving their burden.

He adds the current funding formula rewards wealthier districts for spending more money, and penalizes smaller districts.

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