Funding for Wisconsin’s public higher education systems is a tale of two stories, one that is funded eighth worst in the country and another that is fifth best, according to a new report.

The report found that the University of Wisconsin System ranked 43rd nationally for per-pupil funding in 2021. Conversely, only four other states funded their two-year community or technical colleges better than Wisconsin.

The report by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum was released Thursday, a few weeks before the Legislature decides how much money to allocate to the Wisconsin Technical College System and the UW System for the next two years.

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