118.51(16)(b)1.1. If the number determined in par. (a) 1. is greater than the number determined in par. (a) 2. for a school district, the department shall increase that school district's state aid payment under s. 121.08 by an amount equal to the difference multiplied by the amount determined under par. (a) 3.
118.51(16)(b)2. 2. If the number determined in par. (a) 1. is less than the number determined in par. (a) 2. for a school district, the department shall decrease that school district's state aid payment under s. 121.08 by an amount equal to the difference multiplied by the amount determined under par. (a) 3. If the state aid payment under s. 121.08 is insufficient to cover the reduction, the department shall decrease other state aid payments made by the department to the school district by the remaining amount. If the state aid payment under s. 121.08 and other state aid payments made by the department to the school district are insufficient to cover the reduction, the department shall use the moneys appropriated under s. 20.255 (2) (cg) to pay the balance to school districts under subd. 1.
118.51(16)(c) (c) If a pupil attends public school in a nonresident school district under this section for less than a full school term, the department shall prorate the state aid adjustments under this subsection based on the number of days that school is in session and the pupil attends public school in the nonresident school district.
118.51(16)(d) (d) The department shall ensure that the aid adjustment under par. (b) does not affect the amount determined to be received by a school district as state aid under s. 121.08 for any other purpose.
118.51(17) (17)Special Education Tuition. The resident school board shall pay to the nonresident school board, for each child who is attending public school in the nonresident school district under this section and is receiving special education or related services under subch. V of ch. 115, tuition calculated using the daily tuition rate under s. 121.83 for such children enrolled in the nonresident school district, or an amount agreed to by the school boards of the 2 school districts.
118.51(18) (18)Location of virtual charter schools. For purposes of this section, a virtual charter school is located in the school district specified in s. 118.40 (8) (a).
118.51 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 36, Wis. adm. code.
118.51 Annotation Sub. (6) provides no authority to limit resident student transfers, or open enrollment, provided for in sub. (2) after the 2005-06 school year. Because there are no express provisions for any school year beyond 2005-06 and no indication that the application of the 2005-06 percentage limits would be ongoing, the application of the percentage limits must end in 2005-06. School District of Stockbridge v. Evers, 2010 WI App 144, 330 Wis. 2d 80, 792 N.W.2d _615, 10-0829.
118.51 Annotation While this section imposes application requirements and some limitations, for example relating to racial balance and special education students under subs. (7) and (12) (b) 1., there are no restrictions on resident transfers based on the overall financial health of the resident district. School District of Stockbridge v. Evers, 2010 WI App 144, 330 Wis. 2d 80, 792 N.W.2d 615, 10-0829.
118.51 Annotation The portion of sub. (7) (a) that requires a school district eligible for aid under chapter 121, subchapter VI, to reject an open enrollment application if the requested transfer into or out of the district would increase the district's racial imbalance is inconsistent with the equal protection guarantees of the United States Constitution, as those guarantees were applied in the Seattle School Dist. No. 1, 127 S. Ct. 2738 (2007). OAG 4-07. See also, N.N. v. Madison Metropolitan School District, 670 F. Supp. 2d 927.
118.52 118.52 Course options.
118.52(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
118.52(1)(am) (am) "Educational institution" includes a public school in a nonresident school district, the University of Wisconsin System, a technical college, a nonprofit institution of higher education, a tribal college, a charter school, and any nonprofit organization that has been approved by the department.
118.52(1)(ar) (ar) "Nonresident school board" means the school board of a nonresident school district.
118.52(1)(b) (b) "Nonresident school district" means a school district, other than a pupil's resident school district, in which the pupil is attending a course or has applied to attend a course under this section.
118.52(1)(c) (c) "Parent" includes a guardian.
118.52(1)(d) (d) "Resident school board" means the school board of a resident school district.
118.52(1)(e) (e) "Resident school district" means the school district in which a pupil resides.
118.52(2) (2)Applicability. A pupil enrolled in a public school may attend an educational institution under this section for the purpose of taking a course offered by the educational institution. A pupil may attend no more than 2 courses at any time at educational institutions under this section.
118.52(3) (3)Application procedures.
118.52(3)(a)(a) The parent of a pupil who wishes to attend an educational institution for the purpose of taking a course under this section shall submit an application, on a form provided by the department, to the educational institution at which the pupil wishes to attend a course not later than 6 weeks prior to the date on which the course is scheduled to commence. The application shall specify the course that the pupil wishes to attend and may specify the school or schools at which the pupil wishes to attend the course. The educational institution shall send a copy of the application to the pupil's resident school board.
118.52(3)(b) (b) If an educational institution receives more applications for a particular course than there are spaces available in the course, the educational institution shall determine which pupils to accept on a random basis.
118.52(3)(c) (c) No later than one week prior to the date on which the course is scheduled to commence, the educational institution shall notify the applicant and the resident school board, in writing, whether the application has been accepted and, if the application is accepted, the school at which the pupil may attend the course. The acceptance applies only for the following semester, school year or other session in which the course is offered. If the educational institution rejects an application, it shall include in the notice the reason for the rejection.
118.52(3)(d) (d) No later than one week prior to the date on which the course is scheduled to commence, the resident school board shall do all of the following:
118.52(3)(d)1. 1. If it denies an application to attend an educational institution under sub. (6), notify the applicant and the educational institution, in writing, that the application has been denied and include in the notice the reason for the rejection.
118.52(3)(d)2. 2. If it determines that the course does not satisfy high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33 in the resident school district, notify the applicant in writing.
118.52(3)(e) (e) Following receipt of a notice of acceptance but prior to the date on which the course is scheduled to commence, the pupil's parent shall notify the resident school board and the educational institution of the pupil's intent to attend the course at the educational institution.
118.52(4) (4)Adoption of policies and criteria. By February 1, 1998, each school board shall adopt a resolution specifying the criteria and policies described in subs. (5) and (6). If the school board wishes to revise the criteria or policies, it shall do so by resolution.
118.52(5) (5)Nonresident school district acceptance and rejection criteria. School board policies and criteria for accepting and rejecting applications under sub. (3) from pupils who reside in another school district shall be the same as the policies and criteria for entry into the course that apply to pupils who reside in the school district, except that the school board may give preference in attendance in a course to residents of the school district.
118.52(6) (6)Resident school district rejection criteria.
118.52(6)(a)(a) Individualized education program requirements. The school board of a pupil's resident school district shall reject a pupil's application to attend a course at an educational institution if the resident school board determines that the course conflicts with the individualized education program for the pupil under s. 115.787 (2).
118.52(6)(c) (c) Pupil plan; high school graduation requirements. The school board of a pupil's resident school district may reject an application by a pupil to attend a course at an educational institution if the resident school board determines that any of the following apply:
118.52(6)(c)1. 1. The course does not satisfy a high school graduation requirement under s. 118.33.
118.52(6)(c)2. 2. The course does not conform to or support the pupil's academic and career plan under s. 115.28 (59) (a), if any.
118.52(8) (8)Appeal of rejection. If an application is rejected under sub. (3) (c) or a pupil is prohibited from attending a course at an educational institution under sub. (6), the pupil's parent may appeal the decision to the department within 30 days after the decision. The department shall affirm the decision unless the department finds that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable. The department's decision is final and is not subject to judicial review under subch. III of ch. 227.
118.52(9) (9)Rights and privileges of pupils. A pupil attending a course at an educational institution under this section has all of the rights and privileges of other pupils attending the educational institution and is subject to the same rules and regulations as those pupils.
118.52(10) (10)Disciplinary records. Notwithstanding s. 118.125, the resident school board shall provide to the educational institution to which a pupil has applied under this section, upon request by that educational institution, a copy of any expulsion findings and orders, a copy of records of any pending disciplinary proceeding involving the pupil, a written explanation of the reasons for the expulsion or pending disciplinary proceeding and the length of the term of the expulsion or the possible outcomes of the pending disciplinary proceeding.
118.52(11) (11)Transportation.
118.52(11)(a)(a) Responsibility. The parent of a pupil attending a course at an educational institution under this section is responsible for transporting the pupil to and from the course that the pupil is attending.
118.52(11)(b) (b) Low-income assistance. The parent of a pupil who is attending a course at an educational institution under this section may apply to the department for reimbursement of the costs incurred by the parent for the transportation of the pupil to and from the pupil's residence or school in which the pupil is enrolled and the educational institution that the pupil is attending for the course if the pupil and parent are unable to pay the cost of such transportation. The department shall determine the reimbursement amount and shall pay the amount from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cy). The department shall give preference under this paragraph to those pupils who are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch under 42 USC 1758 (b).
118.52(12) (12)Tuition. The resident school board shall pay to the educational institution, for each resident pupil attending a course at the educational institution under this section, an amount equal to the cost of providing the course to the pupil, calculated in a manner determined by the department. The educational institution may not charge to or receive from the pupil or the pupil's resident school board any additional payment for a pupil attending a course at the educational institution under this section.
118.52 History History: 1997 a. 27, 41, 164.; 2001 a. 16; 2013 a. 20, 173.
118.52 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 36, Wis. adm. code.
118.52 Annotation This section applies when a high school student attends an educational institution including the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) for the purpose of taking a course offered by the educational institution. Before the 2013 revision of this section, a high school student taking a concurrent enrollment course for college credit paid tuition to UWS, either directly or indirectly. Providing concurrent enrollment courses to high school students at no cost to the students is consistent with the legislative intent in revising this section. OAG 4-14.
118.53 118.53 Attendance by pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program.
118.53(1) (1) In this section, "course" means study which has the fundamental purposes of developing the knowledge, concepts, and skills in a subject.
118.53(2) (2) In addition to the standards for admission under ss. 118.14, 118.145 (1), and 120.12 (25), the school board of a district shall determine the minimum standards for admission to a course offered by the school district in grades kindergarten through 8.
118.53(2m) (2m) A school board shall allow a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program who has not met the minimum standards for admission into high school under s. 118.145 (1) to attend up to 2 courses at a public school in the district during each school semester if the school board determines that the pupil qualifies for admission to those courses and if there is sufficient space in the classroom.
118.53(3) (3) A school board shall allow a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program, who has met the standards for admission under sub. (2), to attend up to 2 courses at a public school in the district during each school semester if the school board determines that there is sufficient space in the classroom.
118.53(4) (4) A pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program and attending a public school under this section may attend one course in each of 2 school districts, but may not attend more than 2 courses in any semester.
118.53 History History: 2013 a. 20, 211.
118.55 118.55 Youth options program.
118.55(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "institution of higher education" means an institution within the University of Wisconsin System, a tribally controlled college or a private, nonprofit institution of higher education located in this state.
118.55(2) (2)Enrollment in institution of higher education; application.
118.55(2)(a)(a) Subject to par. (b) and sub. (7t) (c), any public school pupil enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade who is not attending a technical college under sub. (7r) or s. 118.15 (1) (b) may enroll in an institution of higher education for the purpose of taking one or more nonsectarian courses at the institution of higher education. The pupil shall submit an application to the institution of higher education in the previous school semester. The pupil shall indicate on the application whether he or she will be taking the course or courses for high school credit or postsecondary credit. The pupil shall also specify on the application that if he or she is admitted the institution of higher education may disclose the pupil's grades, the courses that he or she is taking and his or her attendance record to the public school in which the pupil is enrolled.
118.55(2)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) applies to a private institution of higher education and to a tribally controlled college only if the private institution of higher education or tribally controlled college has notified the state superintendent of its intent to participate in the program under this section by September 1 of the previous school year.
118.55(3) (3)Notification of school board; determination of high school credit.
118.55(3)(a)(a) A pupil who intends to enroll in an institution of higher education under this section shall notify the school board of the school district in which he or she is enrolled of that intention no later than March 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the fall semester, and no later than October 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the spring semester. The notice shall include the titles of the courses in which the pupil intends to enroll and the number of credits of each course, and shall specify whether the pupil will be taking the courses for high school or postsecondary credit.
118.55(3)(b) (b) If the pupil specifies in the notice under par. (a) that he or she intends to take a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit, the school board shall determine whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, and whether the course satisfies any of the high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33 and the number of high school credits to award the pupil for the course, if any. In cooperation with institutions of higher education, the state superintendent shall develop guidelines to assist school districts in making the determinations. The school board shall notify the pupil of its determinations, in writing, before the beginning of the semester in which the pupil will be enrolled. If the pupil disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses, satisfaction of high school graduation requirements or the number of high school credits to be awarded, the pupil may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision. The state superintendent's decision shall be final and is not subject to review under subch. III of ch. 227.
118.55(4) (4)Admission to institution of higher education; notification.
118.55(4)(a)(a) An institution of higher education may admit a pupil under this section only if it has space available.
118.55(4)(am) (am) A pupil may attend an institution of higher education under this section only if the institution of higher education complies with s. 118.13 (1).
118.55(4)(b) (b) If an institution of higher education admits a pupil, it shall notify the school board of the school district in which the pupil is enrolled, in writing, within 30 days after the beginning of classes at the institution of higher education. The notification shall include the course or courses in which the pupil is enrolled.
118.55(4)(c) (c) If a pupil is not admitted to attend the course that he or she specified in the notice under sub. (3) (a) but is admitted to attend a different course, the pupil shall immediately notify the school board of the school district in which he or she is enrolled and the school board shall inform the pupil of its determinations under sub. (3) (b) regarding the course to which the pupil was admitted as soon as practicable.
118.55(5) (5)Payment. Subject to sub. (7t), within 30 days after the end of the semester, the school board of the school district in which a pupil attending an institution of higher education under this section is enrolled shall pay the institution of higher education, on behalf of the pupil, the following amount for any course that is taken for high school credit and that is not comparable to a course offered in the school district:
118.55(5)(a) (a) If the pupil is attending an institution within the University of Wisconsin System, the actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course.
118.55(5)(c) (c) If the pupil is attending a private institution of higher education, the lesser of the following:
118.55(5)(c)1. 1. The actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course.
118.55(5)(c)2. 2. An amount determined by dividing the state total net cost of the general fund in the previous school year by the state total membership in the previous school year, dividing that quotient by the statewide average number of high school credits taken by full-time pupils in the previous school year, as determined by the state superintendent, and multiplying that quotient by the number of high school credits taken by the pupil at the private institution of higher education, as determined under sub. (3) (b). In this subdivision, "net cost" has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (6), and "membership" has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (5).
118.55(6) (6)Responsibility of pupil for tuition and fees; institution of higher education.
118.55(6)(a)(a) Subject to sub. (7t), a pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit under this section is not responsible for any portion of the tuition and fees for the course if the school board, or the state superintendent on appeal under sub. (3) (b), has determined that the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district.
118.55(6)(b) (b) A pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit under this section is responsible for the tuition and fees for the course if the school board has determined that the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, unless the state superintendent reverses the school board's decision on appeal under sub. (3) (b).
118.55(6)(c) (c) A pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for postsecondary credit under this section is responsible for the tuition and fees for the course.
118.55(7g) (7g)Transportation. The parent or guardian of a pupil who is attending an institution of higher education or technical college under this section and is taking a course for high school credit may apply to the state superintendent for reimbursement of the cost of transporting the pupil between the high school in which the pupil is enrolled and the institution of higher education or technical college that the pupil is attending if the pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian are unable to pay the cost of such transportation. The state superintendent shall determine the reimbursement amount and shall pay the amount from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cw). The state superintendent shall give preference under this subsection to those pupils who are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch under 42 USC 1758 (b).
118.55(7r) (7r)Attendance at technical college.
118.55(7r)(a)(a) Upon the pupil's request and with the written approval of the pupil's parent or guardian, any public school pupil who satisfies the following criteria may apply to attend a technical college for the purpose of taking one or more courses:
118.55(7r)(a)1. 1. The pupil has completed the 10th grade.
118.55(7r)(a)2. 2. The pupil is in good academic standing.
118.55(7r)(a)3. 3. The pupil notifies the school board of his or her intent to attend a technical college under this subsection by March 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the fall semester and by October 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the spring semester.
118.55(7r)(a)4. 4. The pupil is not a child at risk, as defined in s. 118.153 (1) (a).
118.55(7r)(a)5. 5. The pupil is not ineligible under sub. (7t) (c) to participate in the program under this section.
118.55(7r)(am) (am) A school board may refuse to permit a pupil to attend a technical college under this subsection if the pupil is a child with a disability, as defined in s. 115.76 (5), and the school board determines that the cost to the school district under par. (dm) would impose an undue financial burden on the school district.
118.55(7r)(b) (b) The technical college district board shall admit the pupil to the technical college if he or she meets the requirements and prerequisites of the course or courses for which he or she applied, except as follows:
118.55(7r)(b)1. 1. The district board may admit a pupil to a course under this subsection only if there is space available in the course after admitting to the course all individuals applying for admission to the course who are not attending the technical college under this subsection.
118.55(7r)(b)2. 2. The district board may reject an application from a pupil who has a record of disciplinary problems, as determined by the district board.
118.55(7r)(c) (c) If a child attends a technical college under this subsection, the technical college shall ensure that the child's educational program meets the high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33. At least 30 days before the beginning of the technical college semester in which the pupil will be enrolled, the school board of the school district in which the pupil resides shall notify the pupil, in writing, if a course in which the pupil will be enrolled does not meet the high school graduation requirements and whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district. If the pupil disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the pupil may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision. The state superintendent's decision is final and is not subject to review under subch. III of ch. 227. The pupil is eligible to receive both high school and technical college credit for courses successfully completed at the technical college.
118.55(7r)(d) (d) Subject to sub. (7t), for each pupil attending a technical college under this subsection, the school board shall pay to the technical college district board, in 2 installments payable upon initial enrollment and at the end of the semester, for those courses taken for high school credit, an amount equal to the cost of tuition, course fees, and books for the pupil at the technical college, except that the school board is not responsible for payment for any courses that are comparable to courses offered in the school district.
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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)