- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on latest task force to study Wisconsin school funding (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Leaders of a new bipartisan task force tackling ways to improve Wisconsin’s much-maligned school funding formula are realistic about chances any changes will be made.

The panel that met for the first time Thursday is the latest in a long line of groups that have studied ways to improve the formula. Sen. Luther Olsen is co-chair of the panel and says he doesn’t want this latest study to “gather dust.”

But he also says changes that result in school districts losing state aid won’t go anywhere without additional funding and that is a challenge.

The group plans to hold hearings across the state for a year and issue recommendations in time for the 2019 state budget.

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8:12 a.m.

A bipartisan legislative task force is tackling how to improve Wisconsin’s complex, much-derided formula for determining how much state aid goes to public schools.

The issue is so difficult, there hasn’t been a serious look at making changes in 20 years.

But lawmakers heading the task force that kicks off its work with a hearing Thursday say they are optimistic their work this time around will yield positive changes.

Public hearings are planned across the state over the next year.

The panel is co-chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, and Rep. Joel Kitchens, of Sturgeon Bay, both Republicans.

Other members include superintendents of the Green Bay and Grantsburg school districts, the lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the business operations director for Messmer Catholic Schools.

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