- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction figures show about half of public school districts will get more state aid this year than the previous school year.

The state will provide nearly $4.5 billion in general aid to schools for the 2014-2015 school year, an increase of about 2 percent. General aid is the largest source of funding for K-12 public schools. Local district can also raise money through local property taxes.

DPI spokesman John Johnson tells the Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1pfd4vS ) that because of increases in per-pupil funding for private voucher and charter schools, the state directed more money to those schools in Milwaukee than ever before. The funding for voucher schools in Milwaukee - at about $61 million - comes from reduced aid to Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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