115.525(3)(b)2. 2. Provide technical assistance and consultation services to entities such as local educational agencies, cooperative educational service agencies, county children with disabilities education boards, private schools, and tribal schools.
115.525(3)(b)3. 3. Develop and disseminate curriculum and instructional materials.
115.525(3)(b)4. 4. Provide in service and other training to teachers and other staff serving pupils who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(b)5. 5. Provide training, technical assistance and consultation services for parents of children who are visually impaired and for professionals who work with children who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(b)6. 6. Provide materials in braille, large print and other appropriate formats to children who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(b)7. 7. Train teachers and braillists about braille codes and formats used by individuals who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(b)8. 8. Loan books and other materials from the library described in par. (c) 2.
115.525(3)(b)9. 9. Serve as a clearinghouse for information about children who are visually impaired, including information related to library resources, adapted materials and current research.
115.525(3)(b)10. 10. Assist in providing assistive technology services, as defined in s. 115.76 (2), for pupils who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(b)11. 11. Lend, rent or lease technological materials and assistive technology devices, as defined in s. 115.76 (1), to local educational agencies, cooperative educational service agencies and county children with disabilities education boards.
115.525(3)(b)12. 12. Facilitate the preparation of teachers of pupils who are visually impaired by providing assistance to teacher preparation programs.
115.525(3)(b)13. 13. Coordinate and collaborate with public and private agencies and organizations that provide services to individuals who are visually impaired, including the development of employment skills and opportunities.
115.525(3)(b)14. 14. Provide other statewide services that relate to the education of children who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(c) (c) Additional services.
115.525(3)(c)1.1. `Birth to 2 services.' The center may provide instruction or services, or both, for children who are under the age of 2 and are visually impaired and their parents. The instruction or services are subject to the approval of, and shall comply with requirements established by, the department.
115.525(3)(c)2. 2. `Library.' Embossed, clear type or large type books acquired by the center constitute a circulating collection for persons who are visually impaired. The collection shall be kept at the center and be under the supervision of its director. All school age children of the state who are visually impaired may use such books upon compliance with criteria established by the director of the center and approved by the state superintendent.
115.525(3)(c)3. 3. `Summer programs.' The center shall provide summer programs each year for children who are visually impaired.
115.525(3)(c)4. 4. `Adult summer program.' The center shall provide a summer program each year for adults who are visually impaired. The state superintendent may contract with other entities to provide this program.
115.525(3)(c)5. 5. `Independent living skills.' With the approval of the state superintendent, the center may use state-owned housing on the grounds of the center in Janesville as a facility in which individuals receive instruction in and practice independent living skills.
115.525(3)(d) (d) Provision of services. In addition to providing services at the center's facility in Janesville, the center may provide services at any location in the state and may operate regional satellite facilities throughout the state to provide services.
115.525(4) (4)Nondiscrimination. All pupils at the center may equally and freely enjoy the benefits and privileges of the center, have the use of the library and books of instruction and receive board, lodging and laundry, without discrimination, except that the director of the center may determine that board, lodging and laundry may not be provided to an individual because appropriate services are not available for that individual at the center's residential facilities.
115.525(5) (5)Charges. The state superintendent may charge for meals, living quarters, laundry and other services furnished to employees of the center and their families. The state superintendent may charge for services furnished to visitors at the center and participants in training programs and institutes.
115.525(6) (6)Leasing of space. The state superintendent may lease space at the center in Janesville that is not required by the center to any person if the state superintendent determines that the use will not be inconsistent with the operation of the center.
115.525 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a); 2009 a. 302; 2013 a. 8.
115.53 115.53 State superintendent; powers. The state superintendent may:
115.53(2) (2) Arrange for vocational, trade or academic training for any pupil in either the school operated by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired or the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing qualified to take such training advantageously, in either a public school or technical college or a private business establishment in Janesville or Delavan. The public school and the technical college shall be paid the regular tuition for full-time attendance and proportionally for part-time attendance by the school district responsible for the provision of a free appropriate public education under subch. V.
115.53(3) (3) Arrange for otological or ophthalmic examination of any pupil or prospective pupil of the school operated by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or the school operated by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The examination shall be paid for from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (b), (gL), or (gs).
115.53(4) (4) Apply to the board of directors of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority for admission to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics of any pupil at the school operated by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or the school operated by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The application shall be accompanied by the report of a physician appointed by the director of the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or the director of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and shall be in the same form as reports of other physicians for admission of patients to such hospital.
115.53(5) (5) Arrange for visits by members of the staff of either the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired to other public schools or to families of children who are hearing impaired or children who are visually impaired, whenever it appears to the state superintendent that such visits will be of advantage to such children.
115.53(6) (6) Charge the school district responsible for a pupil's placement in a school under this subchapter for the costs of transporting the pupil to and from the pupil's home on weekends. All fees received under this subsection shall be deposited in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (gt).
115.53 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 12, Wis. adm. code.
115.53 Annotation The state superintendent does not have the authority to determine whether public schools are segregated or the authority to take enforceable action to desegregate public schools. 65 Atty. Gen. 282.
115.54 115.54 Compulsory education. If it appears, by affidavit, to any circuit judge that any child who is either hearing impaired or visually impaired and who is between the ages of 6 and 21 is deprived of a suitable education by the failure of the person having the care and custody of the child to provide a suitable education, the judge shall order the person to bring the child before the judge. If the material allegations of the affidavit are denied, the judge shall subpoena witnesses and hear testimony. If the allegations are admitted or established, the judge may order the child sent to the school operated by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the school operated by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired or to some class or other school for instruction, but the order may not make a direct charge for the class or school against any county.
115.54 History History: 1977 c. 449; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 57.
115.58 115.58 Park grounds. The state superintendent may permit the city of Janesville to use portions of the grounds of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired at Janesville, which abut on the Rock river, for purposes of operating a city park. Any construction on such grounds is subject to prior approval by the state superintendent. Any agreement pursuant hereto shall be cancelable at the option of either party without liability. Any such grounds so used by the city of Janesville shall be supervised by the city and shall be subject to the ordinances of the city of Janesville applicable to city parks.
115.58 History History: 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9.
subch. IV of ch. 115 SUBCHAPTER IV
AMERICAN INDIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
EDUCATION PROGRAM
115.71 115.71 Definitions. In this subchapter:
115.71(1) (1) "Alternative school" means any nonsectarian private school or tribally operated school in this state which complies with the requirements of 42 USC 2000d and in which at least 75% of the pupils enrolled are American Indians.
115.71(2) (2) "American Indian" means any person who is:
115.71(2)(a) (a) A member of a tribe, band or other organized group of Indians, including those tribes, bands or groups terminated since 1940, or who is a descendant in the first or 2nd degree of any such member;
115.71(2)(b) (b) Considered by the federal government, on May 22, 1980, to be an Indian for any purpose;
115.71(2)(c) (c) An Eskimo, Aleut or other Alaska native; or
115.71(2)(d) (d) Determined to be an Indian under rules promulgated by the state superintendent under s. 115.28 (17) (c).
115.71(4) (4) "Home school coordinator" means a person employed by the school district to promote communication between the school and the American Indian community.
115.71(5) (5) "Tribal education authority" means the educational authority of a tribe, band or other organized group of American Indians, which may be vested in a tribal department or division of education, a tribal school board, a tribal education committee or any similar body.
115.71 History History: 1979 c. 346; 1981 c. 314 s. 146; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27.
115.72 115.72 Establishment of programs.
115.72(1) (1) Any school district enrolling American Indian pupils, or alternative school, may establish, on a voluntary basis, an American Indian language and culture education program. The program shall be designed to:
115.72(1)(a) (a) Make the school curriculum more relevant to the needs, interests and cultural heritage of American Indian pupils.
115.72(1)(b) (b) Provide reinforcement of the positive self-image of American Indian pupils.
115.72(1)(c) (c) Develop intercultural awareness among pupils, parents and staff.
115.72(2) (2) The American Indian language and culture education program may include:
115.72(2)(a) (a) Instruction in American Indian language, literature, history and culture.
115.72(2)(b) (b) In-service training and technical assistance for staff in regard to methods of teaching American Indian pupils.
115.72(2)(c) (c) Vocational education and counseling for American Indian pupils.
115.72(2)(d) (d) Modification of curriculum, instructional methods and administrative procedures to meet the needs of American Indian pupils.
115.72(2)(e) (e) Tests of the academic achievement of the American Indian pupils enrolled.
115.72(2)(f) (f) Identification of the educational needs of the American Indian pupils enrolled.
115.72(2)(g) (g) Classification of American Indian pupils enrolled by grade, level of education, age and achievement.
115.72(3) (3) The school board of a district establishing an American Indian language and culture education program may designate the school or schools in which the program shall be offered. The parent or guardian of an American Indian pupil may transfer the pupil to the school in which the program is offered, if it is in the same district, in order for the pupil to participate in the program.
115.72(4) (4) American Indian language and culture education programs established under this subchapter shall be located in school facilities in which regular classes in a variety of subjects are offered on a daily basis.
115.72 History History: 1979 c. 346.
115.73 115.73 Program requirements.
115.73(1) (1) Each school district and alternative school, before establishing a program under this subchapter, shall develop a plan which:
115.73(1)(a) (a) Identifies the activities, methods and programs to be used to meet the identified educational needs of the pupils to be enrolled in the program.
115.73(1)(b) (b) Describes how the program will be organized, staffed, coordinated and evaluated.
115.73(1)(c) (c) Estimates the costs of the program.
115.73(2) (2) Each school district and alternative school operating a program under this subchapter shall maintain records concerning the number of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program and of all sums expended in connection with the program. The school district or alternative school shall make affirmative efforts to encourage participation of American Indian pupils in the program by providing for meetings with parents and guardians of American Indian pupils to explain the nature of the program.
115.73 History History: 1979 c. 346.
115.735 115.735 Parent advisory committee.
115.735(1) (1) Each school district and alternative school which establishes a program under this subchapter shall establish an American Indian parent advisory committee, appointed by the school board, to afford parents and educators of American Indian pupils the opportunity to advise the school board of their views and to ensure that a program is planned, operated and evaluated with their involvement and consultation. If there is a local tribal education authority, the school board shall appoint committee members from recommendations submitted by the authority.
115.735(2) (2) The committee shall be composed of parents or guardians of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program, teachers, aides and counselors involved in the program and representatives of local tribal education authorities, but a majority of the members of each committee shall be parents or guardians of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program.
115.735(3) (3) If an advisory committee exists which meets the requirements of sub. (2), it may serve as the parent advisory committee. If the school board consists solely of parents or guardians of American Indian pupils, it may serve as the parent advisory committee.
115.735 History History: 1979 c. 346.
115.74 115.74 Assessment of needs and evaluation of resources.
115.74(1)(1) On or before July 1 in every even-numbered year, the state superintendent shall:
115.74(1)(a) (a) Conduct a statewide assessment of the need for American Indian language and culture education programs. The assessment shall include information on:
115.74(1)(a)1. 1. Numbers, ages, location and tribal affiliation of American Indian pupils.
115.74(1)(a)2. 2. Concentration of American Indian pupils in attendance areas, as defined in s. 121.845 (1), within each school district by tribal affiliation.
115.74(1)(a)3. 3. Rates of American Indian children receiving special education and related services under subch. V of ch. 115 in comparison with statewide and district-wide rates.
115.74(1)(a)4. 4. Advancement, achievement levels and dropout rates of American Indian pupils in comparison with average advancement and dropout rates.
115.74(1)(a)5. 5. Participant response to the program.
115.74(1)(b) (b) Evaluate the American Indian language and culture education programs established under this subchapter. Alternative school programs shall be evaluated under this paragraph only with the permission of the school.
115.74(2) (2) Annually, on or before July 1, the state superintendent shall evaluate all available resources and programs which are or could be directed toward meeting the educational needs of American Indian pupils. The evaluation shall include information on:
115.74(2)(a) (a) Numbers, locations and qualifications of teachers, administrators, counselors and others from American Indian backgrounds who are interested in working in American Indian language and culture education programs.
115.74(2)(b) (b) Programs in this state designed for the preparation of American Indian language and culture education teachers.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)