Republicans agree on $500 million for Wisconsin schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature have agreed on a $500 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years, including $100 million more for special education.

Budget committee member Sen. Luther Olsen tells The Associated Press that Senate and Assembly Republicans reached a deal that will be voted on Thursday.

The deal is the same total funding that Assembly Republicans announced on Wednesday, but the amount going toward special education is twice as much.

Still, it falls $900 million short of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed overall and $500 million short for special education.

But Olsen says the deal is “the best we could do.”

Per-pupil funding would increase $200 the first year and $204 the next. Olsen says the goal is to keep property tax increases less than 1 point on average.

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