WASHINGTON – The Milwaukee Public School system faces a $300-million cut in 2018, with schools slated to close in 2021 and 2021 and 2019.
The cuts are the result of a state budget that expires Sept. 30.
The state, like many states, was facing a steep budget shortfall due to an economic recession, a slowdown in the construction of schools, the loss of federal aid and the loss to local governments of the school-choice voucher program.
The state’s budget for next year is $17.4 billion.
But in 2021, the district will have to seek additional federal aid to maintain its funding levels and to keep up with growing enrollment, said Stephanie Tapp, the Milwaukee district’s deputy superintendent for human resources and administration.
The district’s financial situation will depend on the federal and state aid that Milwaukee is seeking.
The federal aid will depend in part on the state’s level of enrollment.
The Milwaukee School District is trying to find a way to remain financially viable while working with the federal government to stabilize the federal aid that it needs.
Tapp said that the district has put in place a plan to maintain and grow enrollment while also making a “decent return” on its investments.
The school district is facing a $8.9 million deficit next year.
That’s expected to rise to $15.4 million this year and to $19.3 million in 2021.
The district will seek to have the budget balance in 2021 with the help of some money that it can borrow.
“If we don’t find a solution in 2021 or 2021, we will close our schools,” Tapp told reporters at a news conference.
“The only way to do that is to continue to invest in our schools.”
The district is in the process of finding additional funding to pay for the costs of operating the schools and maintaining the budget.
The District of Columbia, which has a similar population of about 1.5 million people, also faces a funding shortfall.
The United States has one of the lowest levels of federal support for education.
Schools that have closed and have not been reopened for more than a year are considered inoperable.
Those that have reopened but remain closed for less than a month are considered active.
In addition to the district’s budget shortfall, the state has other challenges.
It will need to find another $6 billion in federal funds to maintain funding for school districts that have been closed for a year or more, said Steve Bittner, a former deputy superintendent of Milwaukee Public schools.
The Wisconsin Department of Education has a $1.3 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year.
But the state is seeking $4 billion more for 2019-2020 and $6.6 billion for 2020-21.
It’s possible the state could use more money for the budget deficit, said Bitt, who is now the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Bittner said that Wisconsin will face challenges in meeting its state spending targets for the coming year.
“We will have an opportunity to find more money in the next few years,” he said.
The District of Columbiana has $4.2 billion in funding for the school year that ends in 2020-2021, which is a large sum compared to most states.
The amount of money needed to maintain school funding levels is an issue in the Milwaukee school district, because of the federal funding that it is seeking to save.
The school district has a total of $5.9 billion in annual spending for all of its districts.
The $5 billion is the district expects to save by not closing schools.