AEF proposes that the state legislature take two actions to achieve equity for school children and taxpayers so that all children may have an equal educational opportunity:
Provide More Equal Access to State and Local Revenue – All Wisconsin school children have an equal right to education, but a high level of dependence on local property wealth prevents equal access to state and local resources for many districts. In addition, all school districts should have an equal ability to provide buildings, equipment, supplies, staff and technology.
Address Additional Student Needs – The Supreme Court standard in Vincent v. Voight provided that the school finance system should take into account children with disabilities, students from low income homes, and students with limited English language skills. This can best be accomplished through creation of a pupil weighting system which reflects inflation and the appropriate level of additional costs along with any increase or decrease in the target population.