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 percent 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.
115.74(2)(c) (c) The effectiveness of programs for American Indian pupils in this state other than programs established under this subchapter.
115.74(2)(d) (d) The effectiveness of preservice and in-service programs for staffs of American Indian language and culture education programs.
115.74(2)(e) (e) The tests, criteria, procedures and methods used to identify, test, assess and classify American Indian pupils.
115.74(3) (3)The assessment of needs under sub. (1) (a) and the evaluation of resources under sub. (2) shall be performed on Indian reservations and in other Indian communities recognized by the federal government only in conjunction with, or with the permission of, the respective tribal governments.
115.74(4) (4)The state superintendent shall prepare a biennial report which shall be included as an addendum to the department's biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d). The report shall include the results of the most recent assessment of needs and evaluation of programs under sub. (1), the evaluation of resources under sub. (2) and recommendations for legislation in the area of American Indian language and culture education.
115.745 115.745 Tribal language revitalization grants.
115.745(1)(1)A school board, a cooperative educational service agency, or an agency determined by the state superintendent to be eligible for designation under 42 USC 9836 as a head start agency, in conjunction with a tribal education authority, may apply to the department for a grant for the purpose of supporting innovative, effective instruction in one or more American Indian languages.
115.745(2) (2)The department shall award grants under sub. (1) from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (km).
115.745(3) (3)The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
115.745 History History: 2009 a. 28; 2017 a. 59.
115.745 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 38, Wis. adm. code.
subch. V of ch. 115 SUBCHAPTER V
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Subch. V of ch. 115 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 11, Wis. adm. code.
115.758 115.758 Construction. To the extent possible, this subchapter shall be construed in a manner that is consistent with 20 USC 1400 to 1482 and is consistent with the purposes specified in 20 USC 1400 (d).
115.758 History History: 1997 a. 164; 2005 a. 258.
115.76 115.76 Definitions. In this subchapter:
115.76(1) (1)“Assistive technology device" means any item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability other than a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of such a device.
115.76(2) (2)“Assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device, including all of the following:
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)