The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as required by state law, has released an estimate of the general school aids each public school district will receive for the 2020-21 school year.
Estimated general school aids for 2020-21 total $4.9 billion, representing a $163.5 million (3.5 percent) increase over last year. Of the state’s 421 school districts, 72 percent (302) are estimated to receive more general aids in 2020-21, while 27 percent of districts (114) are estimated to receive less; five districts will have no change in aid between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.
Among Kewaunee County districts, Algoma is estimated to receive $4.819 million for 2020-21, up 4.67%; Kewaunee $6.244 million, up 6.25%, and Luxemburg-Casco $11.421 million, up 3.94%.
General school aids are the largest form of state support for public schools in the state. The estimate is based on the most recent 2019-20 budget data reported by school districts to the DPI, as well as the level of funding approved in the 2019-21 state biennial budget. Estimated amounts are subject to change because they are based on budgeted, not audited, school district data. On Oct. 15, the DPI will certify amounts for 2020-21 general school aids based on audited data and the state’s appropriation.