Statewide school spending fell more than 5 percent

Wisconsin public schools budgeted to spend $10.28 billion in 2011-12, or 5.4% less than the previous year, a new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance shows.

The cutback was imposed on districts by the state, which rolled back school revenue caps by 5.5 percent in the 2011-13 state budget.

Most schools cut spending by requiring employees to contribute more towards their pensions and insurance premiums and switching to lower-cost health insurance providers. Statewide, spending on compensation dropped 6.8 percent, the report shows.

The Taxpayers Alliance also says school tax levies fell 1 percent, the first drop since 2006 and the largest since 1997.

Locally, the Oshkosh school district had budgeted to spend $112 million in 2011-12, or 8 percent less than the previous year. The local tax levy fell 1 percent.


About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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