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Cuts to teacher benefits offset some losses in school aid


MADISON (WKOW) -- Controversial cuts to Wisconsin teachers' benefits last year offset about two-thirds of the losses in state aid to school districts. That's according to a new study.

The report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance was released Monday. It shows school districts across the state collectively cut spending on health and pension benefits by about $287 million last school year. That includes cuts from retirements and layoffs.

The study found the benefit cuts offset about 64 percent of the $451 million decrease in revenue for school districts used to balance the budget last year.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the report analyzed budget data from more than 420 Wisconsin school districts.


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