Assist the state superintendent in monitoring the progress of funded programs.
Recommend to the state superintendent needed changes in statutes or rules relating to grant programs.
Submit to the state superintendent an annual report detailing the council's activities, accomplishments and projected needs.
Assist in ensuring that various grant programs operate compatibly.
(22) Information for tax bills.
By November 1, provide to the department of revenue the information about school aids distributed to each school district that will enable that department to furnish to taxation districts the information required under s. 73.03 (31)
(23) Wisconsin educational opportunity programs.
Administer Wisconsin educational opportunity programs on a statewide basis to assist minority and economically disadvantaged youth and adults in pursuing higher education opportunities. The statewide programs shall consist of all of the following:
A talent search program which shall provide information to youths and adults about postsecondary education and counseling to aid pupils in defining educational goals, applying and enrolling in postsecondary institutions and obtaining financial aid.
A talent incentive program which shall provide supplemental aid to financially needy pupils to promote attendance at postsecondary institutions.
An early identification program which shall provide services to pupils under s. 115.44
(25) School technology resource grants.
Consult with the technology for educational achievement in Wisconsin board before awarding school technology resource grants under 20 USC 6842
(26) Periodical and reference information databases.
Contract with one or more persons to provide statewide access, through the Internet, to periodical and reference information databases.
(27) Wisconsin geography alliance.
Annually allocate the amount in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (3) (ec)
to the Wisconsin geography alliance to train teachers and develop curricula for primary and secondary education in geography.
Give priority to assisting school boards to operate vocational student organizations for pupils pursuing related instruction.
Provide in the department the following vocational education consultants and administrative, leadership and vocational student organization educational consultants:
Two full-time consultants in family and consumer education.
One full-time consultant and one half-time consultant in marketing education.
Provide in the department, within the integrated and applied curricula team, a vocational education and vocational student organizations subteam consisting of those educational consultants specified in par. (b)
(31) Accommodation of religious beliefs.
Promulgate rules providing for the reasonable accommodation of a pupil's sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to all examinations and other academic requirements.
(32) Pupil transcript.
By July 1, 1993, develop a uniform pupil transcript that may be used by school districts beginning in the 1993-94 school year.
(33) Consolidation planning grant.
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (a)
, award a grant of $25,000 in the 1991-92 school year to the school boards of any 2 school districts, for the purpose of supporting their consolidation planning efforts, if at least one of the school districts received no state aid under s. 121.08
in the 1990-91 school year and the 2 school boards established a committee to study the feasibility of consolidating the 2 school districts prior to June 1, 1991.
(34) Exchange teachers.
Coordinate and publicize the exchange of teachers under s. 119.18 (13)
and the exchange of teachers and administrators under s. 120.13 (7)
(36) Report on goals.
Report to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
the progress made by school districts toward attaining state educational goals and the state vision for education.
(37) Training of health professionals.
Promote public awareness of, access to and training of health professionals for rural and underserved urban areas.
(39) Alcohol and other drug abuse report.
By July 1, 1998, and biennially by July 1 thereafter, evaluate the effectiveness of the programs under ss. 115.36
and submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
. To satisfy this reporting requirement as it pertains to s. 115.361
, the department may incorporate into the report under this subsection the report required under s. 115.361 (2)
(40) Milwaukee public museum.
Annually distribute the amount appropriated under s. 20.255 (3) (eg)
to the Milwaukee Public Museum to develop curricula and exhibits relating to African American history if the Milwaukee Public Museum provides an equal amount of money for that purpose.
(41) Elks and Easter Seals Center for Respite and Recreation.
Annually distribute the amount appropriated under s. 20.255 (3) (d)
to the Elks and Easter Seals Center for Respite and Recreation.
(43) School safety funding.
With the department of justice, seek and apply for federal funds relating to school safety and reducing violence and disruption in schools, including funds for alternative schools or programs. Each department shall make a report by January 1, 2001, and January 1, 2003, of its progress in applying for and obtaining funds under this subsection. The report shall be provided to the legislature in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (2)
to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance and to the governor.
(44) Direct instruction program.
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (me)
, award a grant of $80,000 annually in the 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 fiscal years to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to conduct a direct instruction pilot program. The purpose of the program shall be to determine the efficiency of direct instruction in improving the ability of children to read. By August 1 of 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172
, and to the state superintendent, that describes the findings and conclusions of the study.
History: 1971 c. 40
; 1973 c. 89
; 1975 c. 39
; 1977 c. 26
; 1979 c. 28
; 1979 c. 346
; 1979 c. 355
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
; 1985 a. 12
; 1985 a. 29
, 3202 (43)
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 16
; 1995 a. 27
, 9126 (19)
, 9145 (1)
; 1995 a. 225
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
NOTE: 1993 Wis. Act 339
, which created sub. (7) (e), contains explanatory notes.
The department of public instruction may, if so authorized under 16.54, implement the school lunch program and special food service plan for children in secular and sectarian private schools and child-care institutions without violating the U.S. or Wisconsin Constitutions. 63 Atty. Gen. 473.
The state superintendent may:
(1) Designate representative.
Designate the deputy state superintendent or another employee of the department as the state superintendent's representative on any body on which the state superintendent is required to serve, except the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
(2) Educational meetings.
Attend such educational meetings and make such investigations as the state superintendent deems important and as will acquaint the state superintendent with the different systems of public schools in the United States.
(3) Auxiliary instructional employees.
By order, establish classes of auxiliary instructional employees and authorize their employment in the instructional program of the elementary and high schools for specific purposes and their reimbursement from the instructional budget. Auxiliary instructional employees shall not be covered as teachers as defined in s. 40.02 (55)
or under s. 118.21
or 121.006 (2)
but shall be eligible under the public employee trust fund as participating employees as defined in s. 40.02 (46)
, if it is made applicable, other than through s. 40.21 (3)
, to the school district employing them.
(4) High school graduation equivalency.
Grant declarations of equivalency of high school graduation to persons, if in the state superintendent's judgment they have presented satisfactory evidence of having completed a recognized high school course of study or its equivalent. The state superintendent may establish the standards by which high school graduation equivalency is determined. Such standards may consist of evidence of high school courses completed in high schools recognized by the proper authorities as accredited, results of examinations given by or at the request of the state superintendent, successful completion of correspondence study courses given by acceptable correspondence study schools, a general educational development certificate of high school equivalency issued by an agency of the U.S. government, course credits received in schools meeting the approval of the state superintendent or other standards established by the state superintendent.
(5) Teacher supply, information and analysis.
Assist school boards, cooperative educational service agencies and county children with disabilities education boards to locate qualified professional school personnel, assist qualified professional school personnel to locate vacant positions and provide information and analysis of the professional school personnel supply.
Federal appropriations adjustments. 115.295(1)
In this section, "the schedule" means the schedule under s. 20.005 (3)
as published in the biennial budget act for the first fiscal year of a fiscal biennium and as approved by the joint committee on finance under s. 20.004 (2)
for the 2nd fiscal year of a fiscal biennium.
Subject to par. (b)
, annually by December 1 or within 30 days after the applicable federal appropriation bill for that federal fiscal year has been enacted, whichever is later, the state superintendent shall submit to the joint committee on finance a plan identifying how the state superintendent proposes to adjust the department's federal appropriations for that state fiscal year to reflect the most recent estimate of the amount of federal funds that the department will be appropriated in that state fiscal year.
The state superintendent is required to submit a plan under par. (a)
only if the department's most recent estimate of the amount of federal funds that the department will be appropriated under s. 20.255
in the current state fiscal year is less than 95% or more than 105% of the amount of federal revenue shown in the schedule for the appropriations under s. 20.255
in that fiscal year.
After receiving a plan under sub. (2) (a)
, the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance jointly shall determine whether the plan is complete. If the joint committee on finance meets and either approves or modifies and approves a plan submitted under sub. (2) (a)
within 14 days after the cochairpersons determine that the plan is complete, the state superintendent shall implement the plan as approved by the committee. If the joint committee on finance does not meet and either approve or modify and approve a plan submitted under sub. (2) (a)
within 14 days after the cochairpersons determine that the plan is complete, the state superintendent shall implement the proposed plan.
History: 1997 a. 86
Forms and reports. 115.30(1)(1)
The department shall prepare for the use of school officers suitable forms for making reports, and suitable outlines as aids in conducting school meetings. With the exception of changes due to statute or rule revision, the department shall give school districts a one-year advance notice of any changes to be made to the forms and reports. School district officers and employees shall maintain a uniform recording of accounting as prescribed by the department and make such reports to the department as will enable it to distribute state school fund appropriations and state educational appropriations to the schools and persons entitled thereto, and to properly discharge the other duties of the department.
The department may require all school boards to report to it, on forms provided, the name of the school and its location, the name and address of the teachers, the number of months of school maintained during the year, the opening and closing dates, the names and ages of all pupils enrolled between the ages of 6 and 18, the names and post-office addresses and places of residence of the parents of such pupils, the number of the school district and the distance such pupils reside from the schoolhouse, the number of days each pupil was present during each month and any other information requested by it.
On or before each October 15, each administrator of a public or private school system or a home-based private educational program shall submit, on forms provided by the department, a statement of the enrollment on the 3rd Friday of September in the elementary and high school grades under his or her jurisdiction to the department which shall prepare such reports as will enable the public and private schools and home-based private educational programs to make projections regarding school buildings, teacher supply and funds required. The administrator of each private school system and home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165 (1)
The condition of all schools under the state superintendent's supervision.
An abstract of the public school reports made to the state superintendent.
The state superintendent's visits to educational institutions.
The work done by the department in the performance of its duties.
Plans for improving the schools and advancing education.
A summary of the receipts and disbursements of all schools under the state superintendent's jurisdiction.
Such other matters as the state superintendent deems appropriate.
The department shall make certified copies, when required, of any papers deposited or filed or records kept in the department, and of any act or decision made by it. The fee therefor shall be 15 cents per page.
License or permit revocation; reports; investigation. 115.31(1)(a)
"Administrator" means the chief administrative officer of an educational agency. If the chief administrative officer is the subject of a report under this section, "administrator" means the presiding officer of the governing board of the educational agency or the secretary of the department in which the educational agency is located.
"Educational agency" means a school district, cooperative educational service agency, state correctional institution under s. 302.01
, secured correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02 (15m)
, secured child caring institution, as defined in s. 938.02 (15g)
, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, the Mendota mental health institute, the Winnebago mental health institute, a state center for the developmentally disabled, a private school or a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian agency under contract with a school board under s. 118.153 (3) (c)
"Immoral conduct" means conduct or behavior that is contrary to commonly accepted moral or ethical standards and that endangers the health, safety, welfare or education of any pupil.
Except as provided under sub. (2g)
, after written notice of the charges and of an opportunity for defense, any license granted by the state superintendent may be revoked by the state superintendent for incompetency or immoral conduct on the part of the licensee.
Notwithstanding subch. II of ch. 111
, the state superintendent shall revoke a license granted by the state superintendent, without a hearing, if the licensee is convicted of any Class A, B, C or D felony under ch. 940
, except ss. 940.08
, for a violation that occurs on or after September 12, 1991.
Except as provided under par. (b)
, the state superintendent may not reinstate a license revoked under sub. (2g)
for 6 years following the date of the conviction, and may reinstate a license revoked under sub. (2g)
only if the licensee establishes by clear and convincing evidence that he or she is entitled to reinstatement.
The state superintendent shall reinstate a license revoked under sub. (2g)
, prior to the expiration of the 6-year period following the conviction, if he or she receives from the court in which the conviction occurred a certificate stating that the conviction has been reversed, set aside or vacated.
An administrator shall do all of the following:
Report to the state superintendent the name of any person employed by the educational agency and licensed by the state superintendent if any of the following occurs:
The person is charged with a crime under ch. 948
, including a crime specified under s. 948.015
, a felony with a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 5 years or a crime in which the victim was a child.
The person is dismissed, or his or her contract is not renewed, by the employer based in whole or in part on evidence that the person engaged in immoral conduct.
The person resigns and the administrator has a reasonable suspicion that the resignation relates to the person having engaged in immoral conduct.
Report to the state superintendent the name of any person employed by the educational agency who is not licensed by the state superintendent if the person is convicted of a crime described under par. (a) 1.
or of 4th degree sexual assault under s. 940.225 (3m)
Send a copy of any report that is made to the state superintendent under par. (a)
to the person who is the subject of the report.
If an administrator requests a person who is employed by an educational agency and licensed by the state superintendent to resign, and the administrator has a reasonable suspicion that the person engaged in immoral conduct, the administrator shall inform the person of the duty to report to the state superintendent under sub. (3) (a) 4.
A report under sub. (3)
shall be made within 15 days after the administrator becomes aware of the charge, conviction, dismissal, nonrenewal or resignation.
Any administrator who in good faith reports or fails to report information under sub. (3)
, and any other person who reports information under sub. (3)
to the state superintendent, is immune from civil liability for such acts or omissions.
Upon receiving a report under sub. (3) (a) 2.
indicating that a person was convicted of a crime, the state superintendent shall verify the conviction.