2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
August 29, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Kestell, Brooks, Knodl,
Murphy, Spiros, Thiesfeldt and Wright, cosponsored by Senators Olsen and
Harsdorf. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to amend
115.88 (1) of the statutes; relating to: substitute special
2education teachers and paraprofessional staffing services.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a school district, a county, and a cooperative educational
service agency (CESA) receive state special education aid for the costs of contracting
with a public or private agency for physical or occupational therapy services and for
a variety of other services, including educational interpreters, pupil transition
services, and any services approved by the state superintendent of public
instruction. This bill explicitly authorizes a school district, county, and CESA to
contract for substitute teaching and paraprofessional staffing services and makes
the costs of such a contract eligible for special education aid.
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:
115.88 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
115.88 (1) Personnel.
A school board, board of control of a cooperative 5
educational service agency or, upon authorization of the county board, a county
children with disabilities education board may employ, for a special education 2
program, either full-time or part-time licensed teachers, licensed coordinators of 3
special education, school nurses, licensed school social workers, licensed school 4
psychologists, licensed school counselors, paraprofessionals, or
licensed consulting 5
teachers to work with any teacher of regular education programs who has a child 6
with a disability in a class,
and any other personnel approved by the department. 7
The board may contract with private or public agencies for substitute teaching and
8paraprofessional staffing services,
physical or occupational therapy services, 9
orientation and mobility training services, educational interpreter services, 10
educational audiology, speech and language therapy, pupil transition services for 11
eligible pupils who are 18 to 21 years old, or any service approved by the state 12
superintendent, on the basis of demonstrated need. A school board may contract 13
with a charter school to provide special education services to pupils attending the 14
charter school if the charter school is under contract with the school board under s. 15
118.40 (2m) and the charter school is not an instrumentality of the school district.