16.981 16.981 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.
16.981 History History: 1987 a. 27.
subch. IX of ch. 16 SUBCHAPTER IX
TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
16.99 16.99 Definitions. In this subchapter:
16.99(1d) (1d)“Charter school sponsor" means an entity described under s. 118.40 (2r) (b) that is sponsoring a charter school and the director under s. 118.40 (2x).
16.99(1m) (1m)“Data line" means a data circuit that provides direct access to the Internet.
16.99(2g) (2g)“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.
16.99(3) (3)“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.
16.99(3b) (3b)“Juvenile correctional facility" means a Type 1 juvenile correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02 (19), but does not include the Mendota juvenile treatment center under s. 46.057.
16.99(3d) (3d)“Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
16.99(3g) (3g)“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.
16.99(3j) (3j)“Private school" has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (3r).
16.99(3m) (3m)“Public library system" has the meaning given in s. 43.01 (5).
16.99(3p) (3p)“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.
16.99(4) (4)“Telecommunications" has the meaning given in s. 16.97 (10).
16.99(5) (5)“Universal service fund" means the trust fund established under s. 25.95.
16.99 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9 ss. 949 to 952, 2320 to 2322; 2001 a. 16, 57, 104, 105; 2003 a. 33 ss. 238n, 238p, 1036d to 1050d; Stats. 2003 s. 16.99; 2005 a. 344; 2009 a. 302; 2011 a. 32; 2015 a. 55; 2017 a. 185; 2019 a. 9.
16.993 16.993 Technology for educational achievement in Wisconsin; departmental duties. The department shall do all of the following:
16.993(1) (1)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.
16.993(2) (2)Identify the best methods of providing preservice and in-service training for teachers related to educational technology.
16.993(3) (3)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.
16.993(4) (4)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.
16.993(5) (5)Provide telecommunications access to educational agencies under the program established under s. 16.997.
16.993(6) (6)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).
16.993(7) (7)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.
16.993(8) (8)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.
16.993 History History: 1997 a. 27, 237; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16, 104; 2003 a. 33 ss. 238pm, 1053d to 1063; Stats. 2003 s. 16.993; 2005 a. 25; 2011 a. 32; 2013 a. 20 ss. 2365m, 9448; 2013 a. 168 s. 21; 2017 a. 59.
16.9945 16.9945 Information technology block grants.
16.9945(1)(1)Competitive grants. In fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21, the department may annually award grants on a competitive basis to eligible school districts and to eligible public libraries for the purpose of improving information technology infrastructure. For purposes of awarding grants under this section, “improving information technology infrastructure” includes purchasing and installing on a bus a portable device that creates an area of wireless Internet coverage and purchasing for individuals to temporarily borrow from a school or for patrons to check out from a public library a portable device that creates an area of wireless Internet coverage. In awarding grants to eligible school districts under this section, the department shall give priority to applications for school districts in which the percentage of pupils who satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1) for a free or reduced-price lunch is greater than in other applicant school districts. The department shall require an applicant for a grant under this section to provide all of the following:
16.9945(1)(a) (a) A description of the specific information technology infrastructure, including any equipment, that the applicant intends to purchase with grant proceeds.
16.9945(1)(b) (b) The applicant's plan to purchase, install, and use the information technology infrastructure described in par. (a).
16.9945(1)(c) (c) A description of the applicant's readiness to use information technology infrastructure purchased with grant proceeds.
16.9945(2) (2)Eligible school districts. A school district is eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year if the school district's membership in the previous school year divided by the school district's area in square miles is 16 or less.
16.9945(2m) (2m)Eligible public libraries.
16.9945(2m)(a) (a) In this subsection:
16.9945(2m)(a)1. 1. “Library branch” means a fixed location where public library services, including a collection of library materials, are offered by paid library employees as part of a consolidated county public library, as described in s. 43.57 (1).
16.9945(2m)(a)2. 2. “Urban cluster” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of at least 2,500 but less than 50,000.
16.9945(2m)(a)3. 3. “Urbanized area” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of 50,000 or more.
16.9945(2m)(b) (b) A public library, including a library branch, is eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year if the population of the municipality within which the library or library branch is located is 20,000 or less and if the public library or library branch is located in one of the following areas of the state:
16.9945(2m)(b)1. 1. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.9945(2m)(b)1.a. a. Less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area.
16.9945(2m)(b)1.b. b. Less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(2m)(b)2. 2. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.9945(2m)(b)2.a. a. More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
16.9945(2m)(b)2.b. b. More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(2m)(b)3. 3. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(3) (3)Maximum awards to eligible school districts. The total amount the department may award to an eligible school district under sub. (1) during a fiscal biennium may not exceed the following:
16.9945(3)(a) (a) If the membership of the eligible school district is fewer than 750 pupils, $30,000.
16.9945(3)(b) (b) If the membership of the eligible school district is 750 pupils to 1,500 pupils, $40 multiplied by the school district's membership.
16.9945(3)(c) (c) If the membership of the eligible school district is more than 1,500 pupils, $60,000.
16.9945(3m) (3m)Maximum awards to eligible public libraries. The total amount the department may award to an eligible public library under sub. (1) during a fiscal biennium may not exceed the following:
16.9945(3m)(a) (a) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is 2,000 or less, $5,000.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(3m)(b) (b) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is at least 2,001 but less than 5,000, $7,500.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(3m)(c) (c) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is at least 5,000 but less than 20,001, $10,000.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(4) (4)Funding limitation. The department cannot award grants under this section that total more than $3,000,000 in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 fiscal year.
16.9945(5) (5)Sunset. The department may not award grants under this section after June 30, 2021.
16.9945 History History: 2017 a. 59, 142; 2019 a. 9.
16.995 16.995 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.
16.995(2) (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 percent 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.
16.995(3) (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).
16.995(3m) (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) and (et) 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).
16.995(4) (4)Funding for financial assistance. The department, subject to the limits of s. 20.866 (2) (zc) and (zcm), may request that the building commission contract public debt in accordance with ch. 18 to fund financial assistance under this section.
16.995 History History: 1997 a. 27, 41; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16, 104; 2003 a. 33 ss. 238q, 1068d to 1072d; Stats. 2003 s. 16.995; 2005 a. 25.
16.997 16.997 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.
16.997(2) (2)The rules promulgated under sub. (1) shall do all of the following:
16.997(2)(a) (a) Allow an educational agency to make a request to the department for access to data lines.
16.997(2)(b) (b) 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 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 subsidized under this section.
16.997(2)(c) (c) Establish specifications for data lines 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.
16.997(2)(d) (d) Require an educational agency to pay the department not more than $250 per month for each data line 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 that relies on a transport medium that operates at a speed of 1.544 megabits per second.
16.997(2)(e) (e) Include the protections specified in s. 196.209 (4) (a) and (b).
16.997(2)(f) (f) Ensure that juvenile correctional facilities that receive access under this section to data lines or that receive additional access under s. 16.998 to data lines and bandwidth use those data lines and that bandwidth only for educational purposes.
16.997(2c) (2c)The department shall develop criteria to use to evaluate whether to provide more than one data line to an educational agency. The department shall include in the criteria an educational agency's current bandwidth, equipment, and readiness, and the available providers and any other economic development in the geographic area that the educational agency serves.
16.997(2g) (2g)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:
16.997(2g)(a) (a) 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:
16.997(2g)(a)1. 1. The business entity is transmitting an event sponsored by the educational agency.
16.997(2g)(a)2. 2. The business entity has the permission of the educational agency to record and transmit the event.
16.997(2g)(a)2g. 2g. The access to the data line by the business entity is through the Internet.
16.997(2g)(a)2r. 2r. 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.
16.997(2g)(a)3. 3. The business entity reimburses the department for its proportionate share of the cost of the data line used to transmit the event.
16.997(2g)(b) (b) 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).
16.997(2r) (2r)
16.997(2r)(a)(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.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 20 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on November 11, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after November 11, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 11-11-19)