Earlier this week Jeff wrote about the latest TV ad being run by Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign committee, an ad that featured teacher Jeff Knutson of the Monona Grove School District. In the ad, Knutson talks about how good Gov. Walker’s “budget repair” bill has been for the Monona Grove School District, but here’s the reality behind the rhetoric of that ad.
Thanks to the provisions of the “budget repair” bill and the subsequent biennial state budget signed into law by Gov. Walker, the Monona Grove School District, where Knutson teaches 4th grade, lost $1.21 million in state aid, representing a 10.07% cut. After exhausting a number of one-time fixes, including federal stimulus money, the Monona Grove School District was left with a nearly $500,000 deficit, a deficit that resulted in the district increasing class sizes in Kindergarten through sixth grade, an overall increase in the student to teacher ratio, and a net loss of 6 teachers.
What’s more, while this year saw the Monona Grove School District faced with some tough choices, even tougher choices are in store next year, with Monona Grove School Board President Susan Fox estimating her district will face a $2 million revenue shortfall next year.
Here’s Monona Grove School District Superintendent Craig Gerlach explaining how bad Scott Walker’s cuts to state aid to public schools will negatively affect his school district.