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Three Chippewa County school districts would receive additional sparsity aid under proposed legislation, the office of Gov. Scott Walker said in a Thursday press release.

Cornell, Lake Holcombe and New Auburn school districts would see estimated increases of $44,702, $32,078 and $30,836, respectively.

State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and state Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) are the bill’s authors. The legislation would increase sparsity aid by $6.4 million for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, giving districts that currently quality for sparsity aid a $100 increase per student, from $300 to $400, the press release said.

“Every child in Wisconsin should receive a great education, regardless of where they live or what their parents do for a living,” Walker said.

Lake Holcombe and New Auburn school districts each received a 15 percent cut in state aid in the 2017-2018 school year, according to figures released by the Department of Public Instruction in October 2017. Lake Holcombe received $42,000 less from the state than the previous year, and New Auburn, $45,000 less. Both districts also lost 15 percent of their state aid in 2016.

School membership, property value and school expenditures are all used to calculate the amount of state aid a district receives. State aid does not include the per-pupil funding amount.

The 2017-2019 state budget, signed earlier this year, saw a $200 per student increase for every school in the state.


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