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      Wisconsin schools task force releases final report

      File photo. (MGN Online/University of Kentucky)
      File photo. (MGN Online/University of Kentucky)
      MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An Assembly task force that researched Wisconsin's rural schools recommends more funding for schools and a change to the state's funding formula.

      The committee's chairman Rep. Rob Swearingen, of Rhinelander, recommends more money specifically for technology and transportation.

      The report includes requests to tweak the current state revenue limits and other changes that would let schools raise more money.

      Swearingen also recommends that the state allow schools to share grades without consolidating districts. Schools that combine schools could share costs like staffing and transportation.

      The task force held six hearings at districts throughout the state. Superintendents told the committee they were in dire straits for more funding.

      The Legislature is adjourned for the year, so the soonest any of the recommendations could be acted upon is Janu