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115.997(1)(f) (f) Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, local education agencies, and military families under this compact.
115.997(1)(g) (g) Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children.
115.997(1)(h) (h) Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents, and students in order to achieve educational success for the students.
115.997(2) (2)Article II — Definitions. As used in this compact, unless the context clearly requires a different construction:
115.997(2)(a) (a) "Active duty" means full-time active duty status in a uniformed service of the United States, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 USC 1209 and 1211.
115.997(2)(b) (b) "Child of a military family" means a school-aged child who is enrolled in any of the grades from kindergarten to 12 and who resides in the household of a person on active duty.
115.997(2)(c) (c) "Compact commissioner" means the voting representative of each compacting state appointed pursuant to sub. (8) of this compact.
115.997(2)(d) (d) "Deployment" means the period one month prior to a service members' departure from his or her home station on military orders though 6 months after return to his or her home station.
115.997(2)(e) (e) "Education records" means those records, files, and data directly related to a student and maintained by the local education agency, including records encompassing all the material kept in the student's cumulative folder such as general identifying data, records of attendance and of academic work completed, records of achievement and results of evaluative tests, health data, disciplinary status, test protocols, and individualized education programs.
115.997(2)(f) (f) "Extracurricular activity" means a voluntary activity sponsored by a local education agency or an organization sanctioned by the local education agency. Extracurricular activity includes preparation for and involvement in public performances, contests, athletic competitions, demonstrations, displays, and club activities.
115.997(2)(g) (g) "Interstate commission" means the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children created under sub. (9) of this compact.
115.997(2)(h) (h) "Local education agency" means a school district or the operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r).
115.997(2)(i) (i) "Member state" means a state that has enacted this compact.
115.997(2)(j) (j) "Military installation" means a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, homeport facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the U.S. department of defense, including any leased facility, which is located within any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, and any other U.S. Territory. "Military installation" does not include any facility used primarily for civil works, rivers and harbors projects, or flood control projects.
115.997(2)(k) (k) "Nonmember state" means a state that has not enacted this compact.
115.997(2)(L) (L) "Receiving state" means the state to which a child of a military family is sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought.
115.997(2)(m) (m) "Rule" means a written statement by the interstate commission promulgated pursuant to sub. (12) that is of general applicability and that implements, interprets, or prescribes a policy or provision of the compact, or an organizational, procedural, or practice requirement of the interstate commission.
115.997(2)(n) (n) "Sending state" means the state from which a child of a military family is sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought.
115.997(2)(o) (o) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, and any other U.S. Territory.
115.997(2)(p) (p) "Student" means a child of a military family for whom the local education agency receives public funding and who is formally enrolled in any of the grades from kindergarten to 12.
115.997(2)(q) (q) "Transition" means all of the following:
115.997(2)(q)1. 1. The formal and physical process of transferring from local education agency to local education agency.
115.997(2)(q)2. 2. The period of time in which a student moves from one local education agency in a sending state to another local education agency in a receiving state.
115.997(2)(r) (r) "Uniformed service" means the army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard, the commissioned corps of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, and the commissioned corps of the public health services.
115.997(2)(s) (s) "Veteran" means a person who served in a uniformed service and was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.
115.997(3) (3)Article III — Applicability.
115.997(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), this interstate compact applies to a child of any of the following:
115.997(3)(a)1. 1. An active duty member of the uniformed service, including a member of the national guard and reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 USC 1209 and 1211.
115.997(3)(a)2. 2. A member or veteran of the uniformed service who is severely injured and medically discharged or retired for a period of one year after medical discharge or retirement.
115.997(3)(a)3. 3. A member of the uniformed service who dies on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained on active duty for a period of one year after death.
115.997(3)(b) (b) The provisions of this interstate compact apply only to local education agencies.
115.997(3)(c) (c) The provisions of this compact do not apply to a child of any of the following:
115.997(3)(c)1. 1. An inactive member of the national guard and military reserves.
115.997(3)(c)2. 2. Except as provided in par. (a), a retired member of the uniformed services.
115.997(3)(c)3. 3. Except as provided in par. (a), a veteran of the uniformed services.
115.997(3)(c)4. 4. Other U.S. department of defense personnel, or of a civilian or contract employee of any other federal agency, who is not an active duty member of a uniformed service.
115.997(4) (4)Article IV — Educational records and enrollment.
115.997(4)(a)(a) Unofficial or hand-carried pupil records. If official education records cannot be released to the parents for the purpose of transfer, the custodian of the education records in the sending state shall prepare and furnish to the parent a complete set of unofficial education records containing uniform information as determined by the interstate commission. The local education agency in the receiving state shall enroll and appropriately place the student as quickly as possible, based on the information provided in the unofficial education records, if provided, pending validation by the official education records.
115.997(4)(b) (b) Education records and transcripts. Simultaneous with the enrollment and conditional placement of the student, the local education agency in the receiving state shall request the student's official education records from the local education agency in the sending state. Upon receipt of this request, the local education agency in the sending state shall process and furnish the official education records to the local education agency in the receiving state within 10 days or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission.
115.997(4)(c) (c) Immunizations. A member state shall give 30 days from the date of enrollment, or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission, for a student to obtain any immunization required by the receiving state. For a series of immunizations, initial vaccinations must be obtained within 30 days or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission.
115.997(4)(d) (d) Kindergarten and first grade entrance age. A student shall be allowed to continue his or her enrollment at the grade level in the receiving state commensurate with his or her grade level, including kindergarten, from a local education agency in the sending state at the time of transition, regardless of age. A student who has satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in the local education agency in the sending state shall be eligible for enrollment in the next highest grade level in the receiving state, regardless of age. A student transferring after the start of the school year in the receiving state shall enter the local education agency in the receiving state on his or her validated level from a local education agency in the sending state.
115.997(5) (5)Article V — Placement and attendance.
115.997(5)(a)(a) Course placement. When a student transfers before or during the school year, the local education agency in the receiving state shall initially honor placement of the student in educational courses based on the student's enrollment in the local education agency in the sending state or educational assessments conducted at the local education agency in the sending state if the courses are offered. Course placement includes honors, international baccalaureate, advanced placement, vocational, technical, and career pathways courses. Continuing the student's academic program from the previous local education agency and promoting placement in academically and career challenging courses should be paramount when considering placement. This does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in a course.
115.997(5)(b) (b) Educational program placement. The local education agency in the receiving state shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs, including gifted and talented programs and English as a second language programs, based on current educational assessments conducted at the local education agency in the sending state or participation or placement in like programs in the local education agency in the sending state. This paragraph does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
115.997(5)(c) (c) Special education services.
115.997(5)(c)1.1. In compliance with the requirements of 20 USC 1400 to 1482, the local education agency in the receiving state shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on his or her current individualized education program.
115.997(5)(c)2. 2. In compliance with the requirements of 29 USC 794 and with 42 USC 12131 to 12165, the local education agency in the receiving state shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing plan prepared under 29 USC 794 or 42 USC 12131 to 12165, to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
115.997(5)(d) (d) Placement flexibility. Local education agency administrative officials shall have flexibility in waiving course or program prerequisites or other preconditions for placement in a course or program offered under the jurisdiction of the local education agency.
115.997(5)(e) (e) Absence as related to deployment activities. Each local education agency shall adopt a policy relating to excusing a child of a military family who moved to the local education agency from another state from school attendance in order to visit his or her parent or guardian who is on active duty and has been called to duty for or is on leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting within the past 30 days.
115.997(6) (6)Article VI — Eligibility.
115.997(6)(a)(a) Eligibility for enrollment.
115.997(6)(a)1.1. A local education agency is prohibited from charging tuition to a child of a military family placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in the place of a parent who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent.
115.997(6)(a)2. 2. A child of a military family who has been placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in the place of a parent who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent may continue to attend the school in which he or she was enrolled while residing with the custodial parent.
115.997(6)(b) (b) Eligibility for extracurricular participation. Local education agencies shall facilitate the opportunity for a child of a military family to be included in extracurricular activities, regardless of application deadlines, to the extent he or she is otherwise qualified.
115.997(7) (7)Article VII — Graduation. In order to facilitate the on-time graduation of a child of a military family, local education agencies shall incorporate the following procedures:
115.997(7)(a) (a) Waiver requirements. Local education agency administrative officials shall waive specific courses required for graduation if similar course work has been satisfactorily completed in another local education agency or shall provide reasonable justification for denial. Should a waiver not be granted to a student who would qualify to graduate from the local education agency in the sending state, the local education agency in the receiving state shall provide an alternative means of acquiring required course work so that graduation may occur on time.
115.997(7)(b) (b) Exit exams. Except as provided in par. (c), a local education agency in a member state shall accept all of the following examinations or tests administered to the child of a military family in lieu of testing requirements for graduation from the local education agency:
115.997(7)(b)1. 1. Exit or end-of-course exams required for graduation from the sending state.
115.997(7)(b)2. 2. National norm-referenced achievement tests.
115.997(7)(b)3. 3. Alternative testing acceptable to the local education agency in the receiving state.
115.997(7)(c) (c) Transfers during senior year. If a child of a military family transfers at the beginning of or during the child's high school senior year, and the local education agency in the receiving state has considered the examinations and tests under par. (b) and determined, after all alternatives have been considered, that the child would be ineligible to graduate, the local education agency of the sending state, with the cooperation of the local educational agency of the receiving state, shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the local education agency of the sending state if the student meets the graduation requirements of the local education agency of the sending state. If one of the states in question is a nonmember state, the local education agency in the member state shall use best efforts to facilitate the on-time graduation of the student in accordance with pars. (a) and (b).
115.997(8) (8)Article VIII — State coordination.
115.997(8)(a)(a) Each member state shall, through the creation of a state council or use of an existing body or board, provide for the coordination among its agencies of government, local education agencies, and military installations concerning the state's participation in, and compliance with, this compact and interstate commission activities. While each member state may determine the membership of its own state council, its membership shall include all of the following:
115.997(8)(a)1. 1. The state superintendent of education.
115.997(8)(a)2. 2. The superintendent of a school district with a high concentration of children of military families. A member state that does not have a school district deemed to contain a high concentration of children of military families may appoint a superintendent from another school district to represent local education agencies on the state council.
115.997(8)(a)3. 3. A representative from a military installation.
115.997(8)(a)4. 4. One representative from the legislative branch of government.
115.997(8)(a)5. 5. One representative from the executive branch of government.
115.997(8)(a)6. 6. Representatives from other offices and stakeholder groups the state council deems appropriate.
115.997(8)(b) (b) The state council established or existing body or board designated by each member state under par. (a) shall appoint or designate a military family education liaison to assist children of military families and the state in facilitating the implementation of this compact.
115.997(8)(c) (c) A compact commissioner responsible for the administration and management of the state's participation in the compact shall be appointed by the governor or as otherwise determined by each member state.
115.997(8)(d) (d) The compact commissioner appointed under par. (c) and the military family education liaison appointed or designated under par. (b) shall serve on the state council as nonvoting members of the state council, unless either is already a full voting member of the state council.
115.997(9) (9)Article IX — Interstate commission on educational opportunity for military children. The member states hereby create the interstate commission. The activities of the interstate commission are the formation of public policy and are a discretionary state function. All of the following apply to the interstate commission:
115.997(9)(a) (a) The interstate commission shall be a body corporate and joint agency of the member states and shall have all the responsibilities, powers, and duties set forth in this compact, and such additional powers conferred upon it by a subsequent concurrent action of the respective legislatures of the member states in accordance with the terms of this compact.
115.997(9)(b) (b) The interstate commission shall consist of one interstate commission voting representative from each member state who shall be that state's compact commissioner. The following apply to meetings of the interstate commission:
115.997(9)(b)1. 1. Each member state represented at a meeting is entitled to one vote.
115.997(9)(b)2. 2. A majority of the member states shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, unless a larger number is required by the bylaws of the interstate commission.
115.997(9)(b)3. 3. A representative shall not delegate a vote to another member state. If a compact commissioner of a state is unable to attend a meeting of the interstate commission, the governor or state council of that state may delegate voting authority to another person from that state for a specified meeting.
115.997(9)(b)4. 4. The bylaws may provide for meetings of the interstate commission to be conducted by telecommunication or electronic communication.
115.997(9)(c) (c) The interstate commission shall include nonvoting members who are members of interested organizations. Such nonvoting members, as defined in the bylaws, may include members of the representative organizations of military family advocates, local education agency officials, parent and teacher groups, the U.S. department of defense, the Education Commission of the States, the Interstate Agreement on the Qualification of Educational Personnel, and other interstate compacts affecting the education of children of military families.
115.997(9)(d) (d) The interstate commission shall meet at least once each calendar year. The chairperson may call additional meetings and, upon the request of a simple majority of the member states, shall call additional meetings.
115.997(9)(e) (e) The interstate commission shall establish an executive committee, whose members shall include the officers of the interstate commission and such other members of the interstate commission as determined by the bylaws. Members of the executive committee shall serve one-year terms. Members of the executive committee shall be entitled to one vote each. The executive committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the interstate commission, with the exception of rule making, during periods when the interstate commission is not in session. The executive committee shall oversee the day-to-day activities of the administration of the compact, including enforcement and compliance with the provisions of the compact, its bylaws and rules, and other such duties as deemed necessary. The U.S. department of defense shall serve as a nonvoting member of the executive committee.
115.997(9)(f) (f) The interstate commission shall establish bylaws and rules that provide for conditions and procedures under which the interstate commission shall make its information and official records available to the public for inspection or copying. The interstate commission may exempt from disclosure information or official records to the extent they would adversely affect personal privacy rights or proprietary interests.
115.997(9)(g) (g) The interstate commission shall give public notice of all meetings and all meetings shall be open to the public, except as set forth in the rules or as otherwise provided in the compact. The interstate commission and any committee of the commission may close a meeting or portion of a meeting if the commission or committee determines by a two-thirds vote that an open meeting would likely do any of the following:
115.997(9)(g)1. 1. Relate solely to the interstate commission's internal personnel practices and procedures.
115.997(9)(g)2. 2. Disclose matters specifically exempted from disclosure by federal and state statute.
115.997(9)(g)3. 3. Disclose trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential.
115.997(9)(g)4. 4. Involve accusing a person of a crime, or formally censuring a person.
115.997(9)(g)5. 5. Disclose information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)