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.
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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)