Date of enactment:
2019 Senate Bill 495   Date of publication*:
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. “Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
2019 WISCONSIN ACT
An Act to amend 115.7915 (2) (c), 118.60 (1) (ab), 118.60 (3) (ar) 1., 118.60 (3) (ar) 2., 118.60 (3) (ar) 6. b., 118.60 (7) (em) 1., 119.23 (1) (ab) 1. and 119.23 (7) (em) 1. of the statutes; relating to: application and reporting deadlines for the statewide parental choice program and evidence of accreditation for a private school participating in a parental choice program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
SB495,1 Section 1 . 115.7915 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
115.7915 (2) (c) The eligible school has been approved as a private school by the state superintendent under s. 118.165 (2) or is accredited by AdvancED Cognia, Inc., Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, National Lutheran School Accreditation, Christian Schools International, Association of Christian Schools International, the diocese or archdiocese within which the eligible school is located, or any other organization recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation, as of the August 1 preceding the school term for which the scholarship is awarded.
SB495,2 Section 2 . 118.60 (1) (ab) of the statutes is amended to read:
118.60 (1) (ab) “Accrediting entity" means AdvancED Cognia, Inc., Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, National Lutheran School Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, Christian Schools International, Association of Christian Schools International, the diocese or archdiocese within which a private school is located, and any other organization recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
SB495,3 Section 3. 118.60 (3) (ar) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
118.60 (3) (ar) 1. A private school that has submitted a notice of intent to participate under sub. (2) (a) 3. a. may accept applications for the following school year between the first weekday in February 1 and the 3rd Thursday in April 20 from pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district.
SB495,4 Section 4. 118.60 (3) (ar) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
118.60 (3) (ar) 2. By the first weekday in May 1 immediately following the application period under subd. 1., each private school that received applications under subd. 1. shall report to the department the number of pupils who have applied under subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section and the names of those applicants that who have siblings who have also applied under subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section.
SB495,5 Section 5. 118.60 (3) (ar) 6. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
118.60 (3) (ar) 6. b. The pupil's residence changed between April 21 after the end of the application period under subd. 1. and on or before the 3rd Friday in August and the pupil continues to reside in a school district other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district.
SB495,6 Section 6. 118.60 (7) (em) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
118.60 (7) (em) 1. The governing body of each private school participating in the program under this section shall, subject to subd. 2., annually, by August 1, provide the department with evidence demonstrating that the private school remains accredited for the current school year as required under par. (ad), except that in the 2017-18 school year the governing body shall submit the evidence by January 15, 2018. The governing body shall include as evidence of accreditation a letter notice prepared by an accrediting entity that confirms that the private school is accredited by that entity as of the date of the letter notice.
SB495,7 Section 7 . 119.23 (1) (ab) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
119.23 (1) (ab) 1. AdvancED Cognia, Inc., Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, National Lutheran School Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, Christian Schools International, Association of Christian Schools International, the diocese or archdiocese within which a private school is located, and any other organization recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
SB495,8 Section 8. 119.23 (7) (em) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
119.23 (7) (em) 1. The governing body of each private school participating in the program under this section shall, subject to subd. 2., annually, by August 1, provide the department with evidence demonstrating that the private school remains accredited for the current school year as required under par. (ad), except that in the 2017-18 school year the governing body shall submit the evidence by January 15, 2018. The governing body shall include as evidence of accreditation a letter notice prepared by an accrediting entity that confirms that the private school is accredited by that entity as of the date of the letter notice.
SB495,9 Section 9. Initial applicability.
(1) The treatment of s. 118.60 (3) (ar) 1. and 2. first applies to an application to attend a private school under s. 118.60 submitted for the 2020-21 school year.
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