In this paragraph, "alternative education program" means an instructional program, approved by the school board, that utilizes successful alternative or adaptive school structures and teaching techniques and that is incorporated into existing, traditional classrooms or regularly scheduled curricular programs or that is offered in place of regularly scheduled curricular programs. "Alternative educational program" does not include a private school, a tribal school, or a home-based private educational program.
Promulgate rules establishing requirements for licensure as an alternative education program teacher and for the approval of teacher education programs leading to licensure as an alternative education program teacher. The rules shall include a requirement that each teacher education program described in this subdivision and located in this state shall, beginning on July 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, submit to the department a list of individuals who have completed the program and who have been recommended by the program for licensure under this subdivision, together with each individual's date of program completion, from each term or semester of the program's most recently completed academic year. The rules shall encompass the teaching of multiple subjects or grade levels or both, as determined by the state superintendent. The rules may require teacher education programs to grant credit towards licensure as an alternative education program teacher for relevant experience or demonstrated proficiency in relevant skills and knowledge.
See also ch. PI 34
, Wis. adm. code.
The department may not charge a fee for the issuance of a license, permit, or certificate to an individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44
Notwithstanding s. 118.19 (3)
, and (12)
, grant a charter school teaching license to any person who has a bachelor's degree and demonstrates, based upon criteria established by the department, that the person is proficient in the subject or subjects that he or she intends to teach. The license authorizes the person to teach that subject or those subjects in a charter school. The license is valid for 3 years and is renewable for 3-year periods.
Notwithstanding s. 118.19 (8)
, and (11)
, grant an initial charter school principal license to any person who is licensed, or otherwise credentialed, to be a school principal in another state if the person holds the license or other credential in good standing, has completed at least 3 years of full-time classroom teaching, and is eligible for licensure under s. 118.19 (4)
. The license authorizes the person to be a principal of a charter school. The license is valid for 5 years and is renewable for 5-year periods.
Promulgate a rule requiring an applicant for a license to provide his or her home address.
(7g) Evaluation of teacher preparatory programs. 115.28(7g)(a)(a)
The department shall, in consultation with the governor's office, the chairpersons of the committees in the assembly and senate whose subject matter is elementary and secondary education and ranking members of those committees, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, do all of the following:
Determine how the performance of individuals who have recently completed a teacher preparatory program described in s. 115.28 (7) (a)
and located in this state or a teacher education program described in s. 115.28 (7) (e) 2.
and located in this state will be used to evaluate the teacher preparatory and education programs. The determination under this subdivision shall, at minimum, define "recently completed" and identify measures to assess an individual's performance, including the performance assessment made prior to making a recommendation for licensure.
Determine how the measures of performance of individuals who have recently completed a teacher preparatory or education program identified as required under subd. 1.
will be made accessible to the public.
Develop a system to publicly report the measures of performance identified as required under subd. 1.
for each teacher preparatory and education program identified in subd. 1.
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the department shall use the system developed under par. (a) 3.
to annually report for each program identified in par. (a) 1.
the passage rate on first attempt of students and graduates of the program on examinations administered for licensure under s. 115.28 (7)
and any other information required to be reported under par. (a) 1.
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, each teacher preparatory and education program shall prominently display and annually update the passage rate on first attempt of recent graduates of the program on examinations administered for licensure under s. 115.28 (7)
and any other information required to be reported under par. (a) 1.
on the program's Web site and provide this information to persons receiving admissions materials to the program.
(7m) Certification of school nurses.
Certify school nurses, make rules for the examination and certification of school nurses and file in the state superintendent's office all papers relating to school nurses certification and register each such certification.
(9) Federal aids.
Accept federal funds for any function over which the state superintendent has jurisdiction and act as the agent for the receipt and disbursement of such funds.
See also ch. PI 23
, Wis. adm. code.
(10) Educational assessment.
Develop an educational assessment program to measure objectively the adequacy and efficiency of educational programs offered by public schools in this state. The program shall include methods by which pupil achievement in reading, mathematics, writing, science, social science and other areas of instruction commonly offered by public schools will be objectively measured each year. Assessment shall be undertaken at several grade levels on a uniform, statewide basis.
(11) Driver education courses.
Approve driver education courses offered by school districts, county children with disabilities education boards, and technical college districts for the purposes of s. 343.16 (1) (c) 1.
and establish minimum standards for driver education courses offered in private schools and tribal schools for the purposes of s. 343.16 (1) (c) 3.
All driver education courses approved or for which standards are established under this subsection shall do all of the following:
Acquaint each student with the hazards posed by farm machinery and animals on highways and provide instruction in safely dealing with such hazards.
Provide at least 30 minutes of instruction relating to organ and tissue donation and organ and tissue donation procedures.
Provide at least 30 minutes of instruction on motorcycle awareness, as approved by a recognized motorcycle safety and awareness organization, and pedestrian and bicycle awareness, as approved by a recognized pedestrian and bicycle safety and awareness organization.
Include instruction relating to passing stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and highway machinery equipment.
Acquaint each student with the hazards posed by railroad highway grade crossings and provide at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
Acquaint each student with the hazards posed by composing or sending electronic text messages or electronic mail messages while driving and with the provisions of s. 346.89 (3)
See also ch. PI 21
, Wis. adm. code.
Acquaint each student with the hazards posed by motor vehicles to vulnerable highway users, as defined in s. 340.01 (74p)
, and provide at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
(13) Uniform financial fund accounting.
Prescribe a uniform financial fund accounting system, applicable to all school districts and county children with disabilities education boards, which provides for the recording of all financial transactions inherent in the management of schools and county children with disabilities education board programs and the administration of the state's school aid programs.
(14) Minority group pupil census.
Establish procedures under which school districts report annually the number of minority group pupils, as defined in s. 121.845 (2)
, residing in the school district and attending public schools in the district so as to be able to classify school districts under s. 121.85 (2)
Establish, by rule, standards for the approval of the abilities of certified teachers and counselors and their aides participating in bilingual-bicultural education programs under subch. VII
to read, write and speak a non-English language and to possess knowledge of the culture of limited-English proficient pupils.
Establish, by rule, minimum standards for bilingual-bicultural education programs under subch. VII
(17) American Indian language and culture education. 115.28(17)(a)(a)
Establish by rule standards for certifying the abilities of teachers participating in American Indian language and culture education programs under subch. IV
to read and write or speak an American Indian language and to possess knowledge of American Indian history and culture.
Establish by rule standards for certifying the abilities of home school coordinators, counselors and aides participating in American Indian language and culture education programs under subch. IV
to possess knowledge of American Indian history and culture.
Develop a curriculum for grades 4 to 12 on the Chippewa Indians' treaty-based, off-reservation rights to hunt, fish and gather.
(18) Pupil membership audits.
Annually require at least 25% of school boards to audit the number of pupils reported for membership purposes under s. 120.14 (1)
(19) Federal discretionary funds.
Ensure that federal aid received under 20 USC 1411
(c) (1) (A) is not used to supplant or replace funding available from other sources.
(20) Council for Milwaukee public schools grant programs.
Appoint a council under s. 15.04 (1) (c)
composed of residents of the school district established under ch. 119
who are selected to reflect the pluralistic nature of the school district. The council shall:
Advise the state superintendent on funding criteria and evaluation plans for grant programs for the school district operating under ch. 119
Advise the state superintendent on the programs that meet or do not meet the funding criteria.
Assist the state superintendent in monitoring the progress of funded programs.
Recommend to the state superintendent needed changes in statutes or rules relating to grant programs.
Submit to the state superintendent an annual report detailing the council's activities, accomplishments and projected needs.
Assist in ensuring that various grant programs operate compatibly.
(22) Information for tax bills.
By November 1, provide to the department of revenue the information about school aids distributed to each school district that will enable that department to furnish to taxation districts the information required under s. 73.03 (31)
(23) Wisconsin educational opportunity programs.
Administer Wisconsin educational opportunity programs on a statewide basis to assist minority and economically disadvantaged youth and adults in pursuing higher education opportunities. The statewide programs shall consist of all of the following:
A talent search program which shall provide information to youths and adults about postsecondary education and counseling to aid pupils in defining educational goals, applying and enrolling in postsecondary institutions and obtaining financial aid.
A talent incentive program which shall provide supplemental aid to financially needy pupils to promote attendance at postsecondary institutions.
An early identification program which shall provide services to pupils under s. 115.44
(25) School technology resource grants.
Consult with the department of administration before awarding school technology resource grants under 20 USC 6842
(26) Periodical and reference information databases.
Contract with one or more persons to provide statewide access, through the Internet, to periodical and reference information databases.
Develop and maintain an online resource, called WISElearn, to provide educational resources for parents, teachers, and pupils; offer online learning opportunities; provide regional technical support centers; provide professional development for teachers; and enable video conferencing.
(30) Career and technical student organizations. 115.28(30)(a)(a)
Give priority to assisting school boards to operate career and technical student organizations and related career and technical education programs.
Provide in the department administrative leadership for career and technical student organizations and the following career and technical student organization educational consultants:
One full-time consultant in family and consumer sciences education.
Provide in the department a career and technical education and career and technical student organizations team consisting of those educational consultants specified in par. (b)
(31) Accommodation of religious beliefs.
Promulgate rules providing for the reasonable accommodation of a pupil's sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to all examinations and other academic requirements.
See also ch. PI 41
, Wis. adm. code.
(36) Report on goals.
Report to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
the progress made by school districts toward attaining state educational goals and the state vision for education.
(39) Alcohol and other drug abuse report.
Biennially by July 1, evaluate the effectiveness of the programs under s. 115.36
and submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
(40) Milwaukee public museum.
Annually distribute the amount appropriated under s. 20.255 (3) (eg)
to the Milwaukee Public Museum to develop curricula and exhibits relating to African American history if the Milwaukee Public Museum provides an equal amount of money for that purpose.
(41) Elks and Easter Seals Center for Respite and Recreation.
Annually distribute the amount appropriated under s. 20.255 (3) (d)
to the Elks and Easter Seals Center for Respite and Recreation.
(42) Wisconsin geographic education program.
Enter into an agreement with the National Geographic Society Education Foundation to establish a geographical education program in this state. The agreement shall require each of the following:
That the National Geographic Society Education Foundation shall establish and manage a trust fund consisting of any grant made under 2001 Wisconsin Act 16, section 9101 (10) (b)
, and $500,000 in matching funds provided by the Foundation.
That, from the trust fund established under par. (a)
and any income thereon, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation shall award grants and support programs for improving geographical education in this state, with an emphasis on improving student use of geographic information systems technology.
That the National Geographic Society Education Foundation annually submit to the department an audited financial statement of the trust fund established under par. (a)
that is prepared by an independent auditor and a report listing the names of grant recipients and the amounts and purposes of awards and other expenditures made from the trust fund.
That, if the trust fund established under par. (a)
is dissolved, the National Geographic Society Education Foundation shall return to the department the grant made under 2001 Wisconsin Act 16, section 9101 (10) (b)
, and unexpended income thereon.
That the agreement is not effective unless the secretary of administration determines that the transfer between the appropriation accounts described under 2001 Wisconsin Act 16, section 9101 (10) (b)
, has occurred and that the National Geographic Society Education Foundation has provided the matching funds described in par. (a)
(43) School safety funding.
With the department of justice, seek and apply for federal funds relating to school safety and reducing violence and disruption in schools, including funds for alternative schools or programs. Each department shall make a report by January 1, 2001, and January 1, 2003, of its progress in applying for and obtaining funds under this subsection. The report shall be provided to the legislature in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (2)
to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance and to the governor.
Encourage school boards to invite armed forces veterans to school to discuss their experiences as veterans.
(49) Charter school report.
Annually report to the legislature, in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (2)
, on the status of existing charter schools, the number of petitions for new charter schools, and school board and departmental action on petitions for new charter schools.
(50) Transition services.
In cooperation with the department of workforce development and the department of health services, establish a clearinghouse for information about the special education transition services and vocational opportunities available in each county. Each of the 3 departments shall post information about the clearinghouse on its Internet site.
(51) Funeral assistants.
Encourage school boards to grant an excused absence to a pupil in grades 6 to 12 for the purpose of sounding "Taps" during a military honors funeral for a deceased veteran.
(52) Adult literacy grants.
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (3) (b)
, award grants to nonprofit organizations, as defined in s. 108.02 (19)
, to support programs that train community-based adult literacy staff and to establish new volunteer-based programs in areas of this state that have a demonstrated need for adult literacy services. No organization may receive more than one grant in any fiscal year.
(53) Online courses.
Make online courses available for a reasonable fee, through a statewide web academy, to school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, and charter schools, private schools, and tribal schools located in this state.
(54) Collaborative content delivery and online instruction.
Promote the delivery of digital content and collaborative instruction among schools within a school district and between 2 or more school districts, including through online courses. To accomplish the objectives of this subsection, the department may not promulgate a rule that requires a licensed teacher or instructional staff person, defined as required under s. 121.02 (1) (a) 2.
, to be physically present in a classroom in which the delivery of content or collaborative instruction is being provided in that classroom digitally or through an online course.
(55) Social studies standards.
Incorporate the history of organized labor and the collective bargaining process into the model academic standards for social studies.
(58) Assessment for interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children.
Annually determine the amount of the assessment under s. 115.997 (14) (b)
. The amount shall be the lesser of $1,000 or the amount calculated by multiplying $1 by the number of children of military families, as defined in s. 115.997 (2) (b)
, who are enrolled in public schools in this state.