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2007 - 2008 LEGISLATURE
May 15, 2007 - Introduced by Representatives Mursau, Strachota, Montgomery,
Musser, Jeskewitz, J. Ott, Kramer, Hahn, Wood, LeMahieu, Bies, A. Ott, Vos,
Moulton, Lothian, Gunderson
and Hines, cosponsored by Senators Schultz
and Lazich. Referred to Committee on Education.
AB327,1,4 1An Act to repeal 20.255 (2) (cw) and 38.04 (21) (c); to amend 38.04 (11) (a) 2.,
238.04 (21) (a), 38.22 (1) (intro.), 38.28 (1m) (a) 1., 118.33 (3m) and 121.05 (1) (a)
35.; and to repeal and recreate 118.55 of the statutes; relating to: school
4district youth options programs and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a pupil enrolled in a public school in the eleventh or twelfth
grade may attend a public or private institution of higher education, including a
technical college, for one or more courses under the Youth Options Program. The
school board of the school district in which the pupil is enrolled is responsible for
paying the cost of tuition, fees, and books for the pupil under certain circumstances.
This bill eliminates the mandatory nature of the Youth Options Program.
Instead, it authorizes a school district to establish its own youth options program.
If a school board establishes such a program, it must adopt a written policy specifying
who may participate, the institutions of higher education that a pupil may attend,
the kinds of courses that a pupil may take, application procedures, and
transportation arrangements. For each pupil attending an institution of higher
education under a school district's program, the school district must pay the
institution, for each course taken for high school credit, the cost of tuition, course
fees, books, and other necessary materials related to the course.

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:
AB327, s. 1 1Section 1. 20.255 (2) (cw) of the statutes is repealed.
AB327, s. 2 2Section 2. 38.04 (11) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,2,93 38.04 (11) (a) 2. In consultation with the state superintendent of public
4instruction, the board shall establish, by rule, a uniform format for district boards
5to use in reporting the number of pupils attending district schools under ss. s. 118.15
6(1) (b), (cm) and (d) and 118.55 (7r) and in reporting pupil participation in technical
7preparation programs under s. 118.34, including the number of courses taken for
8advanced standing in the district's associate degree program and for technical college
9credit.
AB327, s. 3 10Section 3. 38.04 (21) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,2,1211 38.04 (21) (a) The number of pupils who attended district schools under ss. s.
12118.15 (1) (b), (cm) and (d) and 118.55 (7r) in the previous school year.
AB327, s. 4 13Section 4. 38.04 (21) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
AB327, s. 5 14Section 5. 38.22 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,2,1715 38.22 (1) (intro.) Except as provided in subs. (1m) and (1s) and s. 118.55 (7r),
16every person who is at least the age specified in s. 118.15 (1) (b) is eligible to attend
17a technical college if the person is:
AB327, s. 6 18Section 6. 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,3,619 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. "District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a
20technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and
21promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all

1expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all
2expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under sub.
3(6) and ss. 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and (9), 118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55 (7r), all receipts from
4grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (20), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11), 38.26, 38.27, 38.33,
5and 38.38, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and driver education and chauffeur
6training aids.
AB327, s. 7 7Section 7. 118.33 (3m) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,3,168 118.33 (3m) A course taken at a technical college by a child attending the school
9part-time or in lieu of high school under s. 118.15 (1) (b), or attending the school
10under s. 118.15 (1) (cm), does not fulfill any of the high school graduation
11requirements under sub. (1) (a) unless the state superintendent has approved the
12course for that purpose. If a pupil satisfies all of the high school graduation
13requirements under sub. (1), the school board shall grant a high school diploma to
14the pupil regardless of whether the pupil satisfied all or a portion of the requirements
15while attending an institution of higher education under s. 118.55 or a technical
16college
.
AB327, s. 8 17Section 8. 118.55 of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
AB327,3,21 18118.55 Youth options programs. (1) Definition. In this section, "institution
19of higher education" means an institution within the University of Wisconsin
20System, a technical college, a tribally controlled college, or a private, nonprofit
21institution of higher education located in this state.
AB327,3,25 22(2) Policy. A school board may establish a youth options program, which allows
23pupils enrolled in the school district to take one or more courses at an institution of
24higher education. If a school board establishes such a program, it shall adopt a
25written policy that specifies all of the following for the program:
AB327,4,1
1(a) The pupils who are eligible to participate.
AB327,4,32 (b) Subject to sub. (4) (b), the institutions of higher education that a pupil may
3attend.
AB327,4,54 (c) The number and types of courses that a pupil may take and any grade or
5course completion requirements.
AB327,4,66 (d) The courses that qualify for high school credit.
AB327,4,77 (e) Application procedures.
AB327,4,88 (f) Transportation arrangements.
AB327,4,119 (g) Whether the pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian is required to authorize
10that the pupil's grades and attendance record be disclosed to the public school in
11which the pupil is enrolled.
AB327,4,15 12(3) Program information. If a school board establishes a program under this
13section, annually by October 1 it shall distribute the policy adopted under sub. (2)
14to all pupils who are eligible to participate in the program and to all pupils who will
15be eligible to participate in the following school year.
AB327,4,17 16(4) Admission to institution of higher education. If a school board establishes
17a program under this section, all of the following apply:
AB327,4,1918 (a) An institution of higher education may admit a pupil under the program
19only if it has space available.
AB327,4,2120 (b) A pupil may attend an institution of higher education under the program
21only if the institution of higher education complies with s. 118.13 (1).
AB327,5,3 22(5) Payment. If a school board establishes a program under this section, for each
23pupil attending an institution of higher education under the program the school
24board shall pay to the institution, for each course taken for high school credit, an
25amount equal to the cost of tuition, course fees, books, and other necessary materials

1directly related to the course. If the pupil is attending a technical college under the
2program, the school board shall pay the technical college in 2 installments, upon
3initial enrollment and at the end of the semester.
AB327,5,13 4(6) Repayment. If a pupil receives a failing grade in a course, or fails to complete
5a course, at an institution of higher education for which the school board has made
6payment under s. 118.55 (7t) (c), 2005 stats., or sub. (5), the pupil's parent or
7guardian, or the pupil if he or she is an adult, shall reimburse the school board the
8amount paid on the pupil's behalf upon the school board's request. If a school board
9that requests reimbursement of a payment is not reimbursed as requested, the pupil
10on whose behalf the payment was made is ineligible for any further participation in
11the school district's program under this section. For the purposes of this subsection,
12a grade that constitutes a failing grade for a course offered in the school district
13constitutes a failing grade for a course taken at an institution of higher education.
AB327,5,17 14(7) Annual report. (a) A school board that establishes a program under this
15section shall include in its annual report under s. 120.18 information on the number
16of pupils who participated in the program in the previous school year, the number
17and types of courses taken by those pupils, and the cost to the school district.
AB327,5,2018 (b) Annually by January 1 the department shall submit to the appropriate
19standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3) a report summarizing the
20reports under par. (a).
AB327, s. 9 21Section 9. 121.05 (1) (a) 5. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB327,5,2422 121.05 (1) (a) 5. Pupils attending a technical college under s. 118.15 (1) (b) and
23pupils attending an institution of higher education or a technical college under s.
24118.55.
AB327, s. 10 25Section 10. Initial applicability.
AB327,6,5
1(1) If this subsection takes effect before July 1, 2007, this act first applies to
2attendance at an institution of higher education under section 118.55 of the statutes
3in the 2008 spring semester. If this subsection takes effect on or after July 1, 2007,
4this act first applies to attendance at an institution of higher education under section
5118.55 of the statutes in the 2008-09 school year.
AB327,6,66 (End)
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