The board may monitor progress in attaining goals for information technology and telecommunications development set by the department or executive branch agencies, other than the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and may make recommendations to the department or agencies concerning appropriate means of attaining those goals.
History: 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.978.
Purchases of computers by teachers.
The department shall negotiate with private vendors to facilitate the purchase of computers and other educational technology, as defined in s. 24.60 (1r)
, by public, private, and tribal elementary and secondary school teachers for their private use. The department shall attempt to make available types of computers and other educational technology under this section that will encourage and assist teachers in becoming knowledgeable about the technology and its uses and potential uses in education.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
; 2001 a. 16
, s. 308
; Stats. 2001 s. 22.19; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.9785; 2009 a. 302
Telecommunications operations and planning. 16.979(2)(2)
Powers and duties.
The department shall ensure maximum utility, cost-benefit and operational efficiency of all telecommunications systems and activities of this state, and those which interface with cities, counties, villages, towns, other states and the federal government. The department, with the assistance and cooperation of all other agencies, shall:
Develop and maintain a statewide long-range telecommunications plan, which will serve as a major element for budget preparation, as guidance for technical implementation and as a means of ensuring the maximum use of shared systems by agencies when this would result in operational or economic improvements or both.
Develop policy, standards and technical and procedural guidelines to ensure a coordinated and cost-effective approach to telecommunications system acquisition and utilization.
Maintain a comprehensive inventory of all state-owned or leased telecommunications equipment and services.
Monitor overall state expenditures for telecommunications systems and prepare an annual financial report on such expenditures.
Review the operation of all telecommunications systems of this state to ensure technical sufficiency, adequacy and consistency with goals and objectives.
Perform the functions of agency telecommunications officer for those agencies with no designated focal point for telecommunications planning, coordination, technical review and procurement.
(3) Private college and university participation in state telecommunications network.
The department may allow regionally accredited 4-year nonprofit colleges and universities that are incorporated in this state or that have their regional headquarters and principal place of business in this state to participate in any telecommunications network administered by the department.
History: 1977 c. 418
; 1993 a. 246
; 1997 a. 150
; 2001 a. 16
; Stats. 2001 s. 22.41; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.979.
FEDERAL RESOURCE ACQUISITION
Federal resource acquisition. 16.98(1)
The department shall engage in such activities as the secretary deems necessary to ensure the maximum utilization of federal resources by state agencies and institutions and other eligible organizations and units of government, including community development corporations as defined in s. 234.94 (2)
. The department shall acquire excess and surplus real and personal property at such cost to the recipient as is necessary to amortize expenditures for transportation, packing, crating, handling and program overhead, except that the department may transfer any excess or surplus personal property to the department of tourism, upon request of the department of tourism, at no cost, subject to any limitation or restriction imposed by federal law.
The department may, in accordance with federal law, operate warehouses and otherwise provide for the temporary storage of property being transferred.
All proceeds from the sale of land, buildings, supplies and equipment received under this section shall be credited to the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
. Such proceeds may be used for the purchase of lands and buildings or for construction or improvement of buildings for the purpose of storing and handling excess and surplus property.
From the appropriations under s. 20.505 (1) (fo)
, the department may provide grants to any organization with which the department contracts to operate the program under sub. (1)
Transfer of appropriations.
On June 30 of each fiscal year, the department shall determine the amount within the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
by which total expenditures for the operation of warehouses and distribution centers under the federal resource acquisition program have exceeded income attributable to that operation under that appropriation as of that date. Immediately prior to the end of the fiscal year, the department shall transfer to the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (im)
an amount equal to that excess from the unencumbered balances in the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (a)
. If the excess exceeds the unencumbered balance in any fiscal year, the department shall transfer all of the unencumbered balance. If the unencumbered balance exceeds the excess in any fiscal year, the department shall transfer an amount equal to the excess.
History: 1987 a. 27
TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
In this subchapter:
"Charter school sponsor" means an entity described under s. 118.40 (2r) (b)
that is sponsoring a charter school.
"Data line" means a data circuit that provides direct access to the Internet.
"Educational agency" means a school district, charter school sponsor, juvenile correctional facility, private school, tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m)
, cooperative educational service agency, technical college district, private college, public library system, public library board, public museum, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
"Educational technology" means technology used in the education or training of any person or in the administration of an elementary or secondary school and related telecommunications services.
"Juvenile correctional facility" means the Copper Lake School and the Lincoln Hills School.
"Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
"Private college" means a private, regionally accredited, 4-year, nonprofit college or university that is incorporated in this state or that has its regional headquarters and principal place of business in this state or a tribally controlled college in this state.
"Public museum" means a nonprofit or publicly owned museum located in this state that is accredited by the American Association of Museums or an educational center that is affiliated with such a museum.
"Universal service fund" means the trust fund established under s. 25.95
"Video link" means a 2-way interactive video circuit.
Technology for educational achievement in Wisconsin; departmental duties.
The department shall do all of the following:
In cooperation with school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, the technical college system board, and the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, promote the efficient, cost-effective procurement, installation, and maintenance of educational technology by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, and the University of Wisconsin System.
Identify the best methods of providing preservice and in-service training for teachers related to educational technology.
Enter into cooperative purchasing agreements under s. 16.73 (1)
under which participating school districts and cooperative educational service agencies may contract for their professional employees to receive training concerning the effective use of educational technology.
In cooperation with the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, the technical college system board, the department of public instruction and other entities, support the development of courses for the instruction of professional employees who are licensed by the state superintendent of public instruction concerning the effective use of educational technology.
Provide telecommunications access to educational agencies under the program established under s. 16.997
No later than October 1 of each even-numbered year, submit a biennial report concerning the department's activities under this subchapter to the governor, and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
Purchase educational technology materials, supplies, equipment, and contractual services for school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison under s. 16.72 (8)
, and establish standards and specifications for purchases of educational technology hardware and software by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, technical college districts, and the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
Purchase educational technology equipment for use by school districts, cooperative educational service agencies, and public educational institutions in this state and permit the districts, agencies, and institutions to purchase or lease the equipment, with an option to purchase the equipment at a later date. This subsection does not require the purchase or lease of any educational technology equipment from the department.
Coordinate an annual conference on educational technology, hosted by the governor, for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educators and establish a schedule of fees for attending the conference, which fees may not exceed the actual costs incurred in conducting the conference. All fees collected under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (hc)
Educational technology infrastructure financial assistance. 16.995(1)(1)
Financial assistance authorized.
The department may provide financial assistance under this section to school districts from the proceeds of public debt contracted under s. 20.866 (2) (zc)
and to public library boards from the proceeds of public debt contracted under s. 20.866 (2) (zcm)
. Financial assistance under this section may be used only for the purpose of upgrading the electrical wiring of school and library buildings in existence on October 14, 1997, and installing and upgrading computer network wiring. The department may not provide any financial assistance under this section after July 26, 2003.
(2) Financial assistance applications, terms, and conditions.
The department shall establish application procedures for, and the terms and conditions of, financial assistance under this section. The department shall make a loan to a school district or public library board, or to a municipality on behalf of a public library board, in an amount equal to 50% of the total amount of financial assistance for which the department determines the school district or public library board is eligible and provide a grant to the school district or public library board for the remainder of the total. The terms and conditions of any financial assistance under this section may include the provision of professional building construction services under s. 16.85 (15)
. The department shall determine the interest rate on loans under this section. The interest rate shall be as low as possible but shall be sufficient to fully pay all interest expenses incurred by the state in making the loans and to provide reserves that are reasonably expected to be required in the judgment of the department to ensure against losses arising from delinquency and default in the repayment of the loans. The term of a loan under this section may not exceed 10 years.
(3) Repayment of loans.
The department shall credit all moneys received from school districts for repayment of loans under this section to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (ha)
. The department shall credit all moneys received from public library boards or from municipalities on behalf of public library boards for repayment of loans under this section to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (hb)
(3m) Public debt repayment.
To the extent that sufficient moneys for the provision of educational telecommunications access under s. 16.997
are available in the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (mp)
after payment of the administrative expenses specified in s. 20.505 (4) (mp)
, the department shall use those available moneys to reimburse s. 20.505 (4) (es)
for the payment of principal and interest costs incurred in financing educational technology infrastructure financial assistance under this section and to make full payment of the amounts determined by the building commission under s. 13.488 (1) (m)
(4) Funding for financial assistance.
The department, subject to the limits of s. 20.866 (2) (zc)
, may request that the building commission contract public debt in accordance with ch. 18
to fund financial assistance under this section.
History: 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2003 a. 33
; Stats. 2003 s. 16.995; 2005 a. 25
Educational telecommunications access program. 16.997(1)(1)
Except as provided in s. 196.218 (4t)
, the department shall promulgate rules establishing an educational telecommunications access program to provide educational agencies with access to data lines and video links.
The rules promulgated under sub. (1)
shall do all of the following:
Allow an educational agency to make a request to the department for access to either one data line or one video link, except as follows:
Any educational agency may request access to additional data lines if the agency shows to the satisfaction of the department that the additional data lines are more cost-effective than a single data line.
A school district that operates more than one high school or a public library board that operates more than one library facility may request access to both a data line and a video link and access to more than one data line or video link.
An educational agency that is eligible for a rate discount on telecommunications services under 47 USC 254
may request access to additional data lines and video links and to increased bandwidth access as provided in s. 16.998
Establish eligibility requirements for an educational agency to participate in the program established under sub. (1)
and to receive additional telecommunications access under s. 16.998
, including a requirement that a charter school sponsor use data lines and video links to benefit pupils attending the charter school and a requirement that Internet access to material that is harmful to children, as defined in s. 948.11 (1) (b)
, is blocked on the computers of juvenile correctional facilities that are served by data links and video links subsidized under this section.
Establish specifications for data lines and video links for which access is provided to an educational agency under the program established under sub. (1)
or for which additional access is provided to an educational agency under s. 16.998
Require an educational agency to pay the department not more than $250 per month for each data line or video link that is provided to the educational agency under the program established under sub. (1)
, except that the charge may not exceed $100 per month for each data line or video link that relies on a transport medium that operates at a speed of 1.544 megabits per second.
Ensure that juvenile correctional facilities that receive access under this section to data lines and video links or that receive additional access under s. 16.998
to data lines, video links, and bandwidth use those data lines and video links and that bandwidth only for educational purposes.
An educational agency that is provided access to a data line under the program established under sub. (1)
or to an additional data line under s. 16.998
may not do any of the following:
Provide access to the data line to any business entity, as defined in s. 13.62 (5)
, unless the business entity complies with all of the following:
The business entity is transmitting an event sponsored by the educational agency.
The business entity has the permission of the educational agency to record and transmit the event.
The access to the data line by the business entity is through the Internet.
All transmissions through the data line originate or terminate at the site of an educational agency or other governmental agency that is an authorized user of the data line.
The business entity reimburses the department for its proportionate share of the cost of the data line used to transmit the event.
Request access to an additional data line for purposes of providing access to bandwidth to a political subdivision under a shared service agreement under sub. (2r) (a)
A public library board that is provided access to a data line under the program established under sub. (1)
or to an additional data line under s. 16.998
may enter into a shared service agreement with a political subdivision that provides the political subdivision with access to any excess bandwidth on the data line that is not used by the public library board, except that a public library board may not sell, resell, or transfer in consideration for money or anything of value to a political subdivision access to any excess bandwidth. A shared service agreement under this paragraph is not valid unless the agreement allows the public library board to cancel the agreement at any time after providing notice to the political subdivision.
A political subdivision that obtains access to bandwidth under a shared service agreement under par. (a)
may not receive compensation for providing any other person with access to the bandwidth.
A public library board shall provide the department with written notice within 30 days after entering into or modifying a shared service agreement under par. (a)
The department shall prepare an annual report on the status of providing data lines and video links that are requested under sub. (2) (a)
and the impact on the universal service fund of any payment under contracts under s. 16.974
If the federal communications commission promulgates or modifies rules that provide rate discounts for telecommunications services to educational agencies under 47 USC 254
, the governor shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance that includes any recommended changes to statutes or rules with respect to funding the program established under sub. (1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.505 (4) (s)
, the department shall award $25,000 annually in grants to consortia of school districts that meet all of the following criteria for the purpose of developing and implementing a technology-enhanced high school curriculum:
The curriculum is developed for and implemented through streaming video conferencing and online course work.
The consortium includes high schools from at least 8 school districts.
The participating school districts collectively contribute an amount equal to at least the amount of the grant received in the same fiscal year.