By Felicity Bosk
Governor Scott Walker's budget proposed an increase of $649 million in state aid for all K-12. This would bring state aid to Wisconsin schools at a new all-time high.
This funding would be invested in a number of different areas including mental health programs, summer school grants, special education, and performance funding for schools in the Milwaukee area.
A press release by the Governor's office stated that $3 million will be invested for school social workers, $2.5 million for Mental Health Expansion Grants, and $1 million to support Mental Health Diagnostic Training.
"An estimated one in five school-age children and youth struggle with mental health issues and of these, 80 percent of those students do not receive professional help. Governor Walker’s budget proposal creates a categorical aid program to support the social work expenditures of school districts and independent charter schools," stated the press release.
Money will also be put to fund anti-bullying curriculum, sparsity aid for rural schools, and early college credit programs.