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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Does Franklin spend enough on its public schools?

I know how I feel. When the mid-December tax bill arrives every year, I feel like the Jesse James Gang just invaded my home.

But you be the judge.

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) recently issued a news release on school spending in Wisconsin. Here’s an excerpt from the release:

Federal figures show Wisconsin public schools spent $11,078 per student on operations in 2009, 16th highest in the nation and 5.5% above the U.S. average. When building and debt costs are includ­ed, the state spent $12,304 per student, which ranked 20th but was 1.6% below the national norm, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

 In ‘School update (II): Wisconsin vs. U.S.,’ WISTAX researchers analyze recent U.S. Census Bureau figures on school spending and revenues by state and look ahead to how recent state law changes might affect Wisconsin’s position among the 50 states.


While overall school spending was above average here, Wisconsin spent less than elsewhere in some areas. Spending on student support ($495 per pupil and 13.5% below average), building administra­tion ($559, -3.4%), and transportation ($440, -3.4%) were all below national norms. However, more was spent on instruction ($6,756, +6.1%), staff support ($534, +4.3%), and general (district) administration ($285, +42.3%).”


So I asked Dale Knapp at WISTAX a simple question:

What is the average spent on pupil for the FRANKLIN school district?


For 2010-11, Franklin spent $12,231 per student total and $10,644 in comparative expenditures (excluding transportation, debt, and some miscellaneous expenditures).  Note, these are numbers the district reports to DPI and they are not directly comparable with the Census numbers from the press release you linked to.




Dale J. Knapp

Research Director

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Think about it the next time you hear the Franklin Public School District crying for more money.

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