PI 35.03(4) (4)Continuing eligibility.
PI 35.03(4)(a)(a) Annually by October 15, a school participating in the choice program shall submit a report to the department that states which of the following standards under s. 119.23 (7) (a), Stats., the school intends to meet:
PI 35.03(4)(a)1. 1. At least 70% of the choice program pupils attending the school advance one grade level each school year. In this subdivision, "advance one grade level" means successful completion of at least four credits or the equivalent as approved by the state superintendent during each school year. For pupils in grades kindergarten through 8, a school using this standard shall ensure each pupil who has advanced one grade level has met one of the following criteria:
PI 35.03(4)(a)1.a. a. Achievement of 70% of the instructional objectives specific to each grade level in reading, mathematics and language arts that are introduced during each semester of the current school year. A school using this criteria shall do all of the following: establish written objectives and performance standards for reading, mathematics and language arts for each grade level in which choice program pupils are enrolled; document written criteria and methodology for evaluating pupil performance for each objective and document each pupil's performance using the evaluation method specified in this subparagraph in a written record; and maintain these records for 5 years.
PI 35.03(4)(a)1.b. b. Achievement of at least 0.08 grade equivalent increase for each month between the annual or semi-annual administration of the standardized achievement test. A school using this criteria shall do all of the following: by October 15, report to the department the tests to be administered and the dates on which they will be administered and maintain each pupil's answer sheets and score information for 5 years.
PI 35.03(4)(a)2. 2. The school's average attendance rate for choice program pupils is at least 90%. The school shall use the official attendance records to determine attendance.
PI 35.03(4)(a)3. 3. At least 80% of choice program pupils demonstrate significant academic progress. In this subdivision, "significant academic progress" means a pupil demonstrates the following:
PI 35.03(4)(a)3.a. a. Improvement in reading and mathematics in comparison to the pupil's performance level in the previous school year.
PI 35.03(4)(a)3.b. b. Satisfactory performance on at least 50% of any new instructional concepts in reading and mathematics the school introduced during each of the current school year semesters, and the level of attainment is documented in a written record of performance at the beginning, mid-point and end of each semester.
PI 35.03(4)(a)4. 4. At least 70% of the families of choice program pupils meet parental involvement criteria established by the school.
PI 35.03(4)(b) (b) Annually by June 30, a school participating in the choice program shall submit a report to the department that establishes the school has met the standard selected under par. (a) during that school year.
PI 35.03(4)(c) (c) A school that uses academic achievement test results to meet the requirement under par. (a) shall do all of the following:
PI 35.03(4)(c)1. 1. Ensure that test security is maintained.
PI 35.03(4)(c)2. 2. Pay all costs of administering the test, scoring the test, ensuring test security, and reporting the results of the test.
PI 35.03(5) (5)Disclosure of information.
PI 35.03(5)(a)(a) Annually by August 1 of the school's initial school year in the choice program, a first time participant shall submit to the department all of the following:
PI 35.03(5)(a)1. 1. The information specified under s. 119.23 (6m) (a) and (b) 4., Stats.
PI 35.03(5)(a)2. 2. The governing body members' signatures required under s. 119.23 (6m) (c), Stats., and the mailing addresses for each governing body member on a form provided by the department.
PI 35.03(5)(b) (b) Annually by August 1, a school participating in the choice program that is not a first time participant shall submit to the department all of the following:
PI 35.03(5)(b)1. 1. Updates to any of the information submitted under s. 119.23 (6m) (a) or (b) 4., Stats.
PI 35.03(5)(b)2. 2. The governing body members' signatures required under s. 119.23 (6m) (c), Stats., and the mailing addresses for each governing body member on a form provided by the department.
PI 35.03 Note Note: The disclosure of information form may be obtained at no charge from the Wisconsin department of public instruction's webpage at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
PI 35.03(6) (6)Accreditation requirements. Annually by January 15, a school that is fully accredited under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 7., Stats., shall provide to the department a letter from the school's accrediting agency stating whether the school is accredited as of the date of the letter. The letter shall meet all of the following requirements:
PI 35.03(6)(a) (a) The letter shall include the following information:
PI 35.03(6)(a)1. 1. The school's name.
PI 35.03(6)(a)2. 2. The school's address for each location included in the accreditation.
PI 35.03(6)(a)3. 3. The grades accredited.
PI 35.03(6)(a)4. 4. A statement that the school is or is not accredited as of the date of the letter.
PI 35.03(6)(b) (b) The letter shall be dated no earlier than the beginning of the school year.
PI 35.03(6)(c) (c) The letter shall be signed by an authorized member of the accrediting agency.
PI 35.03(7) (7)Hours of instruction and annual school board meetings.
PI 35.03(7)(a)(a) Annually by May 1, a school continuing in the choice program shall report to the department the hours of instruction for the upcoming school year on a form provided by the department. The hours of instruction shall comply with the requirements under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 8., Stats.
PI 35.03(7)(b) (b) Notwithstanding par. (a), by January 10, a first time participant school shall report to the department the hours of instruction for the upcoming school year on a form provided by the department.
PI 35.03(7)(c) (c) Annually by October 15, a school shall report to the department the first and last dates of its current school term.
PI 35.03(7)(d) (d) Annually by October 15, a school shall report the dates of the two governing body meetings for the current school year required under s. 119.23 (7) (b) 3m., Stats.
PI 35.03(7)(e) (e) A school shall revise the reports in par. (a) or (b) if it changes its hours of instruction. The school shall submit revisions to the department by May 15 of the current school year. A school may not shorten its school term after the start of the school term without prior written approval from the department.
PI 35.03 Note Note: The hours of instruction form may be obtained at no charge from the Wisconsin department of public instruction's webpage at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
PI 35.03(8) (8)School fees.
PI 35.03(8)(a)(a) A school may not charge pupils participating in a choice program for a field trip if the trip is required for a class, is part of the school's curriculum, or is part of the hours of instruction.
PI 35.03(8)(b) (b) A school may have a written policy indicating it will charge a fine for lost, damaged, or unreturned school property. The amount of the fine may not exceed the cost of the item.
PI 35.03(8)(c) (c) A school may not impose any fee or other sanction on a parent or pupil for failure to engage in fund raising.
PI 35.03 History History: CR 16-004: cr. Register July 2016 No. 727, eff. 8-1-16; correction in (5) (a) 1., (b) 1. made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2016 No. 727.
PI 35.04 PI 35.04 New private school requirements.
PI 35.04(1) (1) Preceding August 1 requirements. A new private school shall participate in a fiscal management training program approved by the department and submit all of the following to the department by August 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year that the school intends to participate in the choice program:
PI 35.04(1)(a) (a) A new private school's notice of intent to participate that includes all of the following:
PI 35.04(1)(a)1. 1. The name and location of the accredited institution of higher education from which the choice administrator received at least a bachelor's degree and the date the degree was received, the number of the choice administrator's teaching or administrator license issued by the department, or an indication that the administrator is excluded from the requirement under s. 119.23 (2) (c) 2., Stats.
PI 35.04(1)(a)2. 2. The signature and mailing address of the choice administrator.
PI 35.04(1)(b) (b) The information specified under s. 119.23 (6m) (a), Stats.
PI 35.04(1)(c) (c) The governing body members' signatures required under s. 119.23 (6m) (c), Stats., and the mailing addresses for each governing body member on a form provided by the department.
PI 35.04(1)(d) (d) A statement to the department, in the manner prescribed by the department, stating which standard under s. 119.23 (7) (a), Stats., the school intends to meet.
PI 35.04(1)(e) (e) A cashier's check for the auditor fee required under s. 119.23 (2) (ag) 1. c., Stats.
PI 35.04(1)(f) (f) A budget and cash flow report, on a form provided by the department, for the following school year that contains all of the following:
PI 35.04(1)(f)1. 1. Anticipated enrollments for all pupils enrolled in the school.
PI 35.04(1)(f)2. 2. Anticipated enrollments for choice program pupils.
PI 35.04(1)(f)3. 3. Estimated total revenues and costs.
PI 35.04(1)(f)4. 4. Estimated amounts required under s. PI 35.10 (3) (a).
PI 35.04(1)(f)5. 5. A schedule of anticipated beginning and ending net assets.
PI 35.04(1)(f)6. 6. A schedule of monthly cash flows.
PI 35.04(1)(f)7. 7. The contingent funding sources the school will use if actual enrollments are less than expected and evidence of the availability of the funding sources.
PI 35.04(1)(f)8. 8. A statement of whether the school has any past due amounts, interest, or penalties due to the U.S. internal revenue service, the Wisconsin department of workforce development, or the Wisconsin department of revenue. An amount must be disclosed even if it is in dispute. If a school has past due amounts, interest, or penalties due to a government entity, the school shall do all of the following:
PI 35.04(1)(f)8.a. a. Disclose to the department the outstanding amount owed.
PI 35.04(1)(f)8.b. b. Submit to the department statements or other correspondence from the government entity stating the amount the government entity claims is due, the amount in dispute, and nature of the amount due.
PI 35.04 Note Note: The notice of school's intent to participate form for a new school, disclosure of information for new schools, and the budget and cash flow report form may be obtained at no charge from the Wisconsin department of public instruction's webpage at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
PI 35.04(2) (2)New private schools participation information. A new private school shall submit the following to the department by January 10 of the school year immediately preceding the school year that the school intends to participate in the choice program.
PI 35.04(2)(a) (a) The school's plan for ensuring it will select pupils on a random basis from a new pool of applicants each school year, as required under s. 119.23 (3) (a), Stats. The school's plan shall be one of the following:
PI 35.04(2)(a)1. 1. The plan provided by the department.
PI 35.04(2)(a)2. 2. A plan provided by the school and approved by the department. A school using this option shall submit the plan to the department for approval by January 10. If the school does not provide a plan by January 10 or the plan is not approved by the department by January 31, the school shall use the plan provided by the department. If the school makes a change to the plan in a subsequent school year, the school shall submit, with the school's notice of intent to participate, the revised plan to the department for approval.
PI 35.04(2)(b) (b) The number of spaces the school has available for pupils participating in the choice program.
PI 35.04(2)(c) (c) The open application periods during which the school will accept choice program pupil applications. After January 10, a school may not amend the open application periods it selects.
PI 35.04(2)(d) (d) The name and location of the accredited institution of higher education from which the choice administrator received at least a bachelor's degree and the date the degree was received, the number of the choice administrator's teaching or administrator license issued by the department, or an indication that the administrator is excluded from the requirement under s. 119.23 (2) (c) 2., Stats.
PI 35.04(2)(e) (e) The signature and mailing address of the choice administrator.
PI 35.04 Note Note: The new private schools participation information form, which includes the department's random selection plan, may be obtained at no charge from the Wisconsin department of public instruction's webpage at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
PI 35.04(3) (3)Auditor fee payment increases. If the amount of the auditor fee for the school year in which the school will first participate in the choice program is more than the amount paid in sub. (1) (e), the new private school shall pay the difference between the amount paid and the amount owed calculated under s. PI 35.17 (1) by January 10 of the school year immediately preceding the school year that the school intends to participate in the choice program. The school shall pay the difference with a cashier's check.
PI 35.04(4) (4)Third party payroll provider. By August 1 of the first school year in which a new private school intends to participate in the choice program, a new private school shall submit to the department an executed contract with a third-party payroll service showing that the payroll service will remit federal and state payroll taxes for each employee of the school.
PI 35.04 History History: CR 16-004: cr. Register July 2016 No. 727, eff. 8-1-16; correction in (1) (c) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2016 No. 727.
PI 35.05 PI 35.05 Pupil application requirements.
PI 35.05(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
PI 35.05(1)(a) (a) "Continuing pupil" means an applicant who participated in the choice program on the immediately preceding count date or participated in the Wisconsin parental choice program on one of the count dates in the immediately preceding school year.
PI 35.05(1)(b) (b) "Prior year" means the calendar year prior to the school year for which the applicant is applying.
PI 35.05(1)(c) (c) "Family size" means the number of people who reside together as part of the same household and who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption. Family size includes parents, pupil applicants, and other children who share at least one parent by birth, adoption, or by a parent's current marriage. A parent on military duty is considered to be residing in the household.
PI 35.05(1)(d) (d) "Family income" means the federal adjusted gross income of the parents included in the family size.
PI 35.05(2) (2)Residency eligibility. A school shall obtain one of the residency documents specified by the department from an applicant's parent that shows the applicant resides at the address on the application at the time of application. The residency document shall be dated no earlier than 3 months prior to the start of the open application period in which an applicant applies. If a school receives a lease agreement as a residency document, the lease term shall include the date the application was received. The document shall contain the parent name and match the address on the application.
PI 35.05(3) (3)Address verification. A school shall verify that the address on a pupil's application is in the city of Milwaukee by using the city of Milwaukee assessor website, the state of Wisconsin's Statewide Voter Registration System or any other source permitted by the department.
PI 35.05(4) (4)Income eligibility. A continuing pupil or a pupil on a choice program waiting list in the preceding school year is not subject to the income requirements for the choice program. A school shall determine if all other applicants meet the income eligibility requirements under s. 119.23 (2) (a), Stats., as follows:
PI 35.05(4)(a) (a) If the parent uses the department of revenue income determination method under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 1. b., Stats., the school shall input the parent's social security number into the online application system. If the department of revenue is unable to verify family income, the parent shall use the department of public instruction income determination method under par. (b).
PI 35.05(4)(b) (b) If the parent uses the department of public instruction income determination method, the school shall do all of the following:
PI 35.05(4)(b)1. 1. A school shall obtain the income documentation required by the parent application from the parent. The school shall ensure the information on the income documentation matches the information provided in the online parent application.
PI 35.05(4)(b)2. 2. A school shall determine whether a pupil is income eligible for the program based on the family size and prior year family income.
PI 35.05(4)(b)3. 3. A pupil shall be determined ineligible if the application indicates the parent did not receive any income and the application does not contain a sufficient explanation of how basic needs are met.
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