Headline: Racine Unified may sue over state cuts to school funding
RACINE - The state budget passed by the legislature and awaiting Governor Walker's signature cuts public school funding by $800 million dollars over two years. School officials in Racine say those cuts will hit the district especially hard and officials are considering legal action to rectify things.
The Superintendent of the Racine Unified School District, Dr. James Shaw, has written previous blog entries about the cuts his district would face if the budget proposal were to be passed. He indicated he thought his district would be hit hard because it is "property poor" compared to other districts of similar size and population. He cited examples like Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, and Appleton. The blog post continued on in part to say:
"The Racine community has provided strong financial support for many years through local property taxes. The state also has a responsibility to provide financial support for the Racine Unified School District so that Racine children are provided a quality education comparable to other Wisconsin school districts."