The largest school districts in Wisconsin also have the most English Learners, but the proportion of total students that are ELs varies widely by district.
The state only provides additional funding to a relatively small number of districts that are legally required to offer specialized bilingual-bicultural programming.
In the 2018-19 school year, over 350 of Wisconsin’s 421 school districts reported serving at least one English Learner (EL).
Once the governor’s budget bill is introduced in the Legislature, it goes to a single legislative committee, the Joint Committee on Finance for action.
In addition to state general purpose revenues, two more important elements of Wisconsin’s state budget are federal revenue and segregated funds.
Often, when Wisconsin lawmakers and the governor talk about “the budget,” they are really referring to the general fund budget.
Wisconsin’s state budget encompasses two fiscal years, or a biennium, such as from 2017-19 (the current budget) or 2019-21 (the next one).
Since 1977, three of the four latest dates for enactment of Wisconsin’s state budget came during periods of divided government.
The first major test of divided government in Wisconsin will come when Democratic Gov. Tony Evers presents his budget to the GOP-controlled Legislature in March.
Download this column as a Word document See other WNA Member Content offerings Control of Wisconsin’s state government shifted hands several times in the 1990s and into the 2000s, then settled into a pattern of one-party dominance. The last time the two parties shared control of state government was the 2007-08 legislative session, when Democratic…