Wisconsin is falling behind other states in its education funding. Wisconsin Policy Forum reports this state increased its education spending by 49% between 2002 and 2020. That compares to a national average of 75%. The forum’s senior education policy researcher, Sarah Shaw, says the slow increase in spending on schools came at a time the burden on taxpayers was being reduced. Wisconsin dropped from 11th in the nation to 25th in the amount of money is spends on its schools. Only Idaho and Indiana had smaller increases.

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