Survey: 94 percent of school 
districts making cuts
State funding formula blamed, but lawmakers 
say long battle ahead

By JOE PETRIE - GM Today Staff 

March 27, 2008

WAUKESHA - A new study released by the Wisconsin Education Association Council says that 94 percent of school districts surveyed in the state are now making budget cuts and eliminating programs and staff due to the school funding formula.



According to the survey, the majority of cuts by districts mirror those of the Waukesha School District and 27 areas of educational services have been effected, which WEAC officials said shows the time to change the laws are needed now more than ever.

"This isn’t a partisan issue and we’re going to continue working with legislators," WEAC Vice President Guy Costello said. "This is hitting all of our schools directly."

WEAC is the state’s public school teachers union.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on March 27, 2008.