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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Kids, Less Money

by folkbum

Gretchen Schuldt once again gets to the heart of why the state's school finance system is (&*^&%$)*&ed up:
MPS enrollment is higher than expected.

The more students a district has to educate, the more expensive it is. That is pretty intuitive math.

The irony is that the increased enrollment in MPS means the district will be able to raise less revenue. Crazy, but true.
This is as insane as the fact that, because last year we did not tax Milwaukee residents at the maximum level, we are getting less state aid this year. It adds insult to injury to lose millions more in state aid because we have more students than expected. What can MPS do right anymore that won't result in cuts in funding from the state?

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