Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wisconsin's rural public schools face dilemma

by Luke Francois
and Rita Wittwer
As stated in the third paragraph of the July 15th Opinion & Commentary section of the Capital Times, the shift of public money to fund private schools will have a devastating effect on our rural schools.

The article goes on to state
"Rural public schools are the mainstay of a community and provide an enormous sense of pride over generations. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, rural school districts from 2000 to 2010, suffered a 7.5 percent enrollment decline, and were penalized by the state’s revenue caps, which are tied to enrollments.
Because of this, the poorer rural school districts will receive less funding than the richer urban school districts. For rural areas, where jobs are fewer and wages are about 25 percent less than urban areas, this is devastating for kids."