Gov. Tony Evers knocked legislative Republicans’ K-12 funding proposal to boost education dollars by $500 million, but added he’s “hopeful” negotiations will continue. 

But GOP leaders countered the plan is likely the Legislature’s best offer and they advised Evers to accept their increase, which represents roughly one-third of the $1.4 billion the governor is seeking in public education funding over the next two years. 

The comments Thursday came after Assembly and Senate Republicans reached a deal on their K-12 funding plan, which would allocate an additional  $350 million in equalized aid to school districts and almost $100 million extra for special education funding.

While the special ed funding level is up from the $50 million Assembly GOP lawmakers

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