2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2001 - Introduced by Senators Grobschmidt and Burke, cosponsored
by Representatives Sinicki, Bock, Pettis, Gronemus, Lassa, Plale, Turner,
Ryba, Richards, Seratti, Gunderson, Miller and Shilling. Referred to
Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (bs) and 115.445 of the statutes; relating to:
2authorizing the state superintendent of public instruction to award grants for
3family involvement in education projects and making appropriations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes the state superintendent of public instruction to award a
grant to a school board, private school, public library system board, municipal library
board, county library board, community-based organization, board of control of a
cooperative educational service agency or consortium of regional staff development
organizations representing school districts for a family involvement in education
project. The project may teach parenting skills to parents of children in preschool
programs and early elementary grades, establish a family resource center, or develop
and implement a plan to increase family involvement in education.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB72, s. 1
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
SB72, s. 2
20.255 (2) (bs) of the statutes is created to read:
(bs) Family involvement in education grants.
The amounts in the 3
schedule for family involvement in education grants under s. 115.445.
SB72, s. 3
115.445 of the statutes is created to read:
5115.445 Family involvement in education grants. (1)
(a) A school board, 6
private school, public library system board under s. 43.19 or 43.21, municipal library 7
board under s. 43.54, county library board under s. 43.57, community-based 8
organization, board of control of a cooperative educational service agency or 9
consortium of regional staff development organizations representing school 10
districts, either individually or jointly with a nonprofit corporation, may apply to the 11
state superintendent for a grant to develop a family involvement in education project 12
designed to support any of the following:
1. A program that teaches parenting skills to parents of children in preschool 14
programs and early elementary grades.
2. A plan to enhance communication between school personnel and parents of 16
pupils enrolled in the school, develop a program for parents to volunteer in the school, 17
provide instruction in parenting skills in the high school grades, provide parent 18
training programs for parents, or allow the use of school facilities for adult education 19
3. A family resource center that does any of the following: distributes parent 2
education materials, provides respite child care, conducts workshops on child 3
development, facilitates communication between school personnel and parents of 4
pupils enrolled in the school, or provides volunteer opportunities for parents within 5
(b) The state superintendent shall review the applications and determine 7
which of the projects eligible for funding will receive grants.
Projects shall be funded on an annual basis and may be funded for a period 9
of not more than 2 years. No project may be funded unless the state superintendent 10
determines that all of the following conditions have been met:
(a) An award will not supplant funds otherwise available for the project.
(b) The application describes the method that will be used to evaluate the 13
effectiveness of the project and the method that will be used to involve parents in the 14
development of the project.
(c) There is a local commitment to maintain the project beyond the grant period, 16
if the state superintendent determines that such a commitment is appropriate.
(d) The applicant authorizes the state superintendent to disseminate 18
information about the results of the project.
(e) There is a matching fund contribution from the grant recipient of at least 20
20% of the cost of the project. Private funds and in-kind contributions may be used 21
to meet the requirement of this paragraph.
(f) The grant recipient will coordinate the project with agencies providing 23
similar services in the area.
(g) All parents in the school district may participate in the project.
(h) The grant funds will not be used for a sectarian purpose.
Amounts awarded under this section shall be paid from the appropriation 2
under s. 20.255 (2) (bs) and may be paid in installments.
(1) The state superintendent of public instruction shall evaluate the 5
effectiveness of the programs funded under section 115.445 of the statutes, as 6
created by this act. By January 1, 2003, the state superintendent shall report the 7
results of the evaluation to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature 8
in the manner provided under section 13.172 (3) of the statutes.
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation 11
to the department of public instruction under section 20.255 (1) (a) of the statutes, 12
as affected by the acts of 2001, the dollar amount is increased by $58,000 for fiscal 13
year 2001-02 and the dollar amount is increased by $68,500 for fiscal year 2002-03 14
to increase the authorized FTE positions for the department by 1.0 GPR position for 15
the family involvement in education projects.
SB72, s. 6
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 17
except as follows:
) of this act takes effect on the 2nd day after publication of the 19
2001-03 biennial budget act.