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School board association warns of deep cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Association of School Boards is warning its executive committee members to expect deep cuts in school aid when Gov. Scott Walker unveils his biennial state budget proposal next week.

The association, in a legislative update to its board, says Walker is likely to announce cuts of $900 million or more in general school aid. The group's alert says more than $5.3 billion was appropriated for general and categorical school aid in 2010-2011. The association says a cut of $900 million would translate to a nearly 10 percent reduction in state aid for the biennium.

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha says the worst thing government could to for economic development in Wisconsin is "impair the quality of its education system."

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