Gov. Evers calls special legislative session to increase state education funding

Gov Tony Evers

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has called a special session of the state Legislature in an attempt to boost education funding after a recently passed state budget failed to meet his goals.

In an announcement shared Monday afternoon on Twitter, Evers said education funding didn’t go far enough to make up for students’ needs amid the pandemic.

“But when I signed this budget I said it left a lot to be desired,” Evers said. “I’m proud we’ve worked these past few years to reverse years of massive cuts to education at every level in our state, but this budget’s bare minimum wasn’t enough for our kids — not after the year they’ve had and all the work we’ll do together to make sure they’re successful this year.”

If passed by the Legislature, Evers’ proposal would put more than $500 million toward schools statewide. The proposal includes $240 million for general education funding, $200 million for special education programs, and $110 million for the University of Wisconsin System.

This is a developing story that will be updated.