MADISON - State superintendent Tony Evers wants to increase state aid for schools by $615 million.
At the same time, he wants to redo the formula used to determine how much money each district gets.
Evers toured the Merrill district back in October and told us how the plan would benefit some districts, including those in the Northwoods that get less state aid because they have high property tax value, but struggle with high poverty levels.
"We need to take a look at changing the funding system so that it reflects the poverty, it doesn't make property wealth the surrogate for how much money people have in their pocket," he said. "It will redistribute the funds towards poorer school districts and it will tend to move away from the property value of the district, and more on how much people earn."
No school would lose aid under Evers' plan.
Evers first introduced the plan two years ago.
He said it had bipartisan support, but didn't go through because of the division created by Act 10.
Now, the plan will have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker before it would take effect.
Evers said he's confident the plan will make it through this time.
Story By: The Associated Press, Reporting Contributed by Lex Gray
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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