State Education Spending Below National Average

10/17/11 – Traditionally, Wisconsin spends more than most states on public education, but that trend is turning. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reports this state spends 1-point-6 percent less on education than the average for all 50 states. Public school teachers’ salaries ranked 21st in the most recent numbers. Last month, another study showed Wisconsin has reduced the amount of money it spends on its students the most among states where that information is available. And, last week the Wisconsin Department of Revenue released figures showing 411 of the state’s 424 districts are getting less state aid this year than they did the year before. The median decrease was put at about 10 percent. Some say the decreasing support of education may keep young college graduates from pursuing a teaching career.