LA CROSSE -

The La Crosse School District is losing more than $1 million in state aid this year.

The Department of Public Instruction says La Crosse will get just over $31 million. That's down about 3 percent.

The majority of public schools- 64 percent- are getting less money this year. Part of the reason is because $158 million in aid is being directed toward private school choice programs in Milwaukee and Racine.   

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The state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced Monday that the majority of Wisconsin public school districts will get less state aid this year. 

DPI says 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last year. Even though state aid increased by about $32 million, the amount public schools will get will decrease over the prior year after about $158 million is directed toward private school choice programs in Milwaukee and Racine.

The nearly $4.3 billion spent on school aid this year is down more than 7 percent from what schools received two years ago.

Each year, the state must notify school districts by October 15 with the actual amount of state aid they will receive for that year.