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Democrats say budget will decimate education

Published On: Feb 20 2013 10:31:27 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 08:02:27 AM CST

Democrats said Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget that freezes spending for public education will severely harm those schools that are still reeling from deep cuts over the past two years.

Walker's budget released Wednesday doesn't allow spending increases for schools while raising aid by about 1 percent, but that money will go toward lowering property taxes and not on education spending.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said schools are struggling to make ends meet and the Legislature should allow spending to increase at least $225 per student.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said Democrats are hoping to improve the budget's education proposals to help schools that he says are "struggling mightily."

Walker's budget also calls for expanding private school vouchers to districts with failing schools.