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Blue Ribbon Commission

In December of 2017, a Blue Ribbon Commission was created by the Wisconsin legislature to study school financing and to recommend changes to the system. The current process of funding public schools in our state was established in the early 1990s. The commission released its recommendations for changes in January 2019. The School District of Janesville supports many of the recommendations, particularly the topics of their Papers #10, 11, 15, 18, and 25. Please visit "Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding" to learn more.

School District of Janesville Background Facts for School Funding Recommendations

Image showing enrollment data trends, age of district buildings, age of district textbooks, and school finance details.

Recommendations of Blue Ribbon Commission supported by School District of Janesville

Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding that are supported by the School District of Janesville.

Enrollment / Poverty

Year Enrollment Poverty Level
2001 10,758 21%
2004 10,667 45%
2014 10,390 48%
2017 10,306 48%
2018 10,182 47%
2019 10,007 51%

State Funding Deficit Between State Average and Janesville 2000-2017 $117,777,809

Facilities

  YEAR BUILT AGE
Kimball Ed. Ctr. 1880 139
Roosevelt ES 1929 90
Wilson ES 1929 90
Washington ES 1938 81
Adams ES 1939 80
Ed. Services Ctr. 1945 74
Craig HS 1955 64
Jefferson ES 1958 61
Lincoln ES 1958 61
Franklin MS 1962 57
Jackson ES 1965 54
Madison ES 1965 54
Monroe ES 1967 52
Parker HS 1967 52
Van Buren ES 1969 50
Harrison ES 1970 49
Edison MS 1971 48
Marshall MS 1997 22
Kennedy ES 1999 20

Current High School Textbooks

66% 10-15 Years Old
20% 15+ Years Old

Finance

Mill Rate
Year Rate
2014 $10.06
2015 $9.37
2016 $9.59
2017 $9.63
2018 $8.69
2019 $8.52

Please contact your State Senator / Representative to support the School District of Janesville:

Sen. Janice Ringhand 800-334-1468 sen.ringhand@legis.wisconsin.gov
Sen. Stephen Nass 608-266-2635 sen.nass@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. Deb Kolste 888-947-0044 rep.kolste@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 888-529-0031 rep.loudenbeck@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. Don Vruwink 888-534-0043 rep.vruwink@legis.wisconsin.gov

LInk to Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations and option papers https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lfb/misc

 

Revenue

Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations:

  • Paper #10... Provide future increases in resources for school districts in the per pupil adjustment under revenue.
  • Paper #15... providing revenue limit adjustments for energy efficiency, lead testing and abatement, mental health services, school resource officers, school safety, school nurses...
  • Paper #18... weighting ELL pupils as 1.2 FTE in the general school aids and revenue limit formulas. 
  • Paper #25... Allow districts that offer full-day 4K to count participating pupils as 1.0 FTE.
  • .... restore twp-thirds funding commitment...

English Language Learners (ELL)

 

YEAR ACTUAL FED/STATE FUNDING DEFICIT
2016-2017 $2.0 M $139.000 $1.9 M
2017-2018 $2.1 M $127,000 $2.0 M
2018-2019 $2.4 M $112,000 $2.3 M

Special Education

YEAR ACTUAL FED/STATE FUNDING DEFICIT
2016-2017 $18.8 M $7.0 M $11.8 M
2017-2018 $19.9 M $7.6 M $11.4 M
2018-2019 $19.6 M $7.6 M $12.0 M

 

Poverty

Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations:

  • Paper #19... weighting low- income pupils as 1.2 FTE in the general school aids revenue limit formulas.

Approximate Aid Difference - $6,000,000

 

Enrollment

Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations:

  • Paper #11... using five-year rolling averages
5-Year Enrollment Trend
2015 10,408
2016 10,321
2017 10,306
2018 10,182
2019 10,007
 
Steve Pophal, Superintendent
spophal@janesville.k12.wi.us
608-743-5050
Spring 2019