In order to understand the full context WCATY is working in, you must first take a look at conditions in the state in which it functions. Wisconsin, along with the rest of the country and most of the world, is going through tough economic times. This means that many programs are cutting teachings and funding right and left just to make ends meet. Here is a snapshot of some of the more recent budget battles in the state of Wisconsin.
- 73% of districts reported cutting teachers for the 2012-2013 school year with an estimated 2,312 positions cut in total
- Wisconsin's public universities faced the third largest budget cuts in the country in 2012.
- For the 2011-2012 school year, 82.3 million dollars was available for school districts to buffer school funding cuts, this was provided by the Federal Education Jobs Act. This funding will not be available for any subsequent years.
- Student enrollment in public schools fell 5% between 2005 and 2010 while enrollment in charter schools rose by almost 60%
- The per pupil revenue limit was cut by 1.6 billion dollars.
- General aid was cut by 749 million dollars.
Our funding for talented and gifted programs in Wisconsin also doesn't hold up very well when compared to the amount spent by some of our nearby states.