Over the years, Wisconsin has had several issues with education due to budgeting. Wisconsin’s education system has seen several budget cuts because the state decided again and again that education isn’t important. These cuts have caused students to not have as high of a learning opportunity, making it difficult for them to be successful later in life.

Wisconsin claims it focuses on the betterment of students, but how exactly does it expect to accomplish that when it makes cuts that affect our schools? State government officials promise to make up budget cuts, but little has been done to prove that claim. However, they have focused on programs, such as special education, bilingual/multicultural aid and rural school districts. There are still several issues that need to be addressed, such as school safety.

So how do schools get the little money they do have? When giving money to school districts, the grants are largely categorical, meaning that state government tells districts what they should be spending it on. This can be both a good and bad thing.

The state may not know what is best for individual school districts and may end up making generalized decisions because of it. However, if school districts were given more leeway on what they could spend the money on, they may not spend it in the right places. One possible solution could be better communication between school districts and state government.

This still doesn’t change the fact that state governments don’t give much money to school districts in the first place. More money needs to be given to schools, so that the future of our students--our futures--is brighter.


Janesville Craig

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