2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
February 5, 2003 - Introduced by Senators Reynolds, Darling, Stepp and
Roessler, cosponsored by Representatives Cullen, Krug, Ladwig, Stone,
Bies, Hines, Krawczyk, Plouff, Ainsworth, Townsend, Olsen, M. Lehman,
Ziegelbauer, Wasserman, Musser, J. Wood, Richards and Gunderson.
Referred to Committee on Education, Ethics and Elections.
1An Act to create
118.51 (5) (d) of the statutes; relating to: open enrollment in
2public schools and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under the open enrollment program, a pupil may attend any public school
located outside of his or her school district of residence if the pupil's parent or
guardian complies with certain procedures and meets certain application deadlines.
School boards' acceptance and rejection criteria for open enrollment applications
may include, among other things, availability of space. A school board may include
in its count of occupied spaces pupils and siblings of pupils who are already attending
school in the nonresident school district. In addition, if the school board of a
nonresident school district receives more applications than there are spaces
available, the school board must determine on a random basis which pupils to accept,
after giving preference to pupils and siblings of pupils who are already attending
school in the school district.
This bill allows the school board of a nonresident school district to create a
waiting list for open enrollment.
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:
SB25, s. 1
118.51 (5) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) Waiting list.
The school board of a nonresident school district may 3
create a waiting list for pupils who wish to attend school in the nonresident school 4
district under this section. The department shall promulgate rules to implement and 5
administer this paragraph.