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Task force calls for more rural school funding in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A task force says Wisconsin's rural schools need more state funding, so their students can get the same quality of education as kids in larger places.  

The Assembly task force gave its recommendations to GOP Speaker Robin Vos Tuesday.  

The panel, chaired by Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, called for minor changes to the state's formula for giving out school aid, so more rural schools can qualify for certain types of aid. Also, the report said the state spend more on bilingual programs in rural schools, and re-evaluate the 1993 state revenue limits which some observers have called outdated and a big burden on small town schools.  

Assembly Democrat Mandy Wright of Wausau said she favors addressing funding issues -- but she opposes a task force proposal to let certain qualified teachers in rural schools be exempt from state certification requirements.  

Wright also said the Republicans on the task force failed to include funding for its recommendations and are therefore "kicking the can down the road."

Democrats will hold a news conference Wednesday to further discuss the task force proposals.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)