119.23 (3) (a) The pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian shall submit an application, on a form provided by the state superintendent, to the participating private school that the pupil wishes to attend by June 30 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which he or she wishes to enroll. Within 60 days after receiving the application, the private school shall notify the applicant, in writing, whether the application has been accepted. The state superintendent shall ensure that the private school determines which pupils to accept on a random basis, except that the private school may give preference in accepting applications to siblings of pupils accepted on a random basis.
119.23 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
119.23 (3) (b) If the private school rejects an applicant because it has too few available spaces, the pupil may transfer his or her application to a participating private school that has space available.
119.23 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.23 (4) Upon receipt from the pupil's parent or guardian of proof of the pupil's enrollment in the private school, the state superintendent shall pay to the private school parent or guardian, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fu), an amount equal to the total amount to which the school district is entitled under s. 121.08 divided by the school district membership, or an amount equal to the private school's operating and debt service cost per pupil that is related to educational programming, as determined by the department, whichever is less. The state superintendent shall pay 25% of the total amount in September, 25% in November, 25% in February and 25% in May. The department shall send the check to the private school. The parent or guardian shall restrictively endorse the check for the use of the private school.
119.23 (5) (d) of the statutes is repealed.
119.23 (7) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
119.23 (7) (am) Each private school participating in the program under this section is subject to uniform financial accounting standards established by the department and annually shall submit to the department an independent financial audit of the private school.
119.23 (7) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
119.23 (7) (c) A private school may not require a pupil attending the private school under this section to participate in any religious activity if the pupil's parent or guardian submits to the pupil's teacher or the private school's principal a written request that the pupil be exempt from such activities.
119.23 (9) (a) of the statutes is repealed.
119.23 (9) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 119.23 (9) and amended to read:
119.23 (9) The legislative audit bureau shall perform a financial and performance evaluation audit on the program under this section. The bureau shall submit copies of the audit report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3) by January 15, 1995 2000.
119.23 (10) of the statutes is repealed.
119.235 of the statutes is created to read:
119.235 Contracts with private schools and agencies. (1)
The board may contract with any
nonsectarian private school located in the city or any nonprofit,
nonsectarian private agency located in the city to provide educational programs to pupils enrolled in the school district operating under this chapter. The board shall ensure that each private school or agency under contract with the board complies with ss. 118.125 and 118.13, 20 USC 1232g
, 20 USC 1681
, 20 USC 3171
, 29 USC 794
, 42 USC 2000d
and 42 USC 6101
, and all health and safety laws and rules that apply to public schools.
(2) Each private school or agency under contract with the board shall do all of the following:
(a) Offer a full school year educational program.
(b) Participate in the board's parent information program.
(c) Offer diverse opportunities for parents to participate in the school's programs.
(d) Meet insurance and financial requirements established by the board.
(e) Develop a pupil recruitment and enrollment plan that incorporates all of the following:
1. A good faith effort to achieve racial balance.
2. A pupil selection process that gives preference to the siblings of enrolled pupils and that gives no other preferences except those approved by the board.
3. A statement describing how the plan will serve the needs of low-academic achievers and pupils from low-income families.
(f) Report to the board any information requested by the board.
(3) Any pupil enrolled in the school district operating under this chapter may attend, at no charge, any private school or agency with which the board has contracted under sub. (1) if space is available in the private school or agency.
(4) The board shall establish appropriate, quantifiable performance standards for pupils at each private school or agency with which it contracts in such areas as attendance, reading achievement, pupil retention, pupil promotion, parent surveys, credits earned and grade point average.
(5) Annually, the board shall monitor the performance of the program under this section. The board may use the results of standardized basic educational skills tests to do so. The board shall include a summary of its findings in its annual report to the state superintendent under s. 119.44.
119.28 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.28 (5) Any action under subs. (3) and (4) shall be subject to the direction of the state superintendent
department and the division for learning support, equity and advocacy in the department of public instruction as provided by law.
119.32 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.32 (title) Superintendent of schools
; business manager.
119.32 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.32 (1) The board shall elect by roll call vote at a regular meeting a superintendent of schools whenever that office becomes vacant. The superintendent of schools shall be a person of suitable learning and experience in the art of instruction and shall have practical familiarity with the most approved methods of organizing and conducting a system of schools.
(7) Notwithstanding ss. 115.28 (7), 118.19 (1) and 121.02 (1) (a), prior to July 1, 1999, the board may elect a superintendent of schools, and may employ a business manager, who is are not licensed
or certified by the department.
119.46 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 119.46 and amended to read:
119.46 Taxes for school operations fund. As part of the budget transmitted annually to the common council under s. 119.16 (8) (b), the board shall report the amount of money required for the ensuing school year to operate all public schools in the city under this chapter, to repair and keep in order school buildings and equipment, to make material improvements to school property and to purchase necessary additions to school sites. The common council shall levy and collect a tax upon all the property subject to taxation in the city, which shall be equal to the amount of money required by the board for the purposes set forth in this subsection section, at the same time and in the same manner as other taxes are levied and collected. Such taxes shall be in addition to all other taxes which the city is authorized to levy. The taxes so levied and collected, together with the other funds provided by law and placed at the disposal of the city for the same purposes, shall constitute the school operations fund.
119.46 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
119.55 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
119.55 (title) Youth service centers, truancy abatement and burglary suppression.
119.55 (1) (b) and (2) of the statutes are created to read:
119.55 (1) (b) Beginning on July 1, 1996, the board shall establish 2 youth service centers under par. (a).
(2) Beginning on July 1, 1996, the board shall pay the city a sum sufficient to pay the costs of salaries and fringe benefits of 4 law enforcement officers to work on truancy abatement and burglary suppression on a full-time basis.
119.72 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.72 (2) (b) Children with a parent in need of child care services funded under s. 46.40 (3) (a) (2).
119.80 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
119.80 (1) The board shall submit to the governor for his or her approval a proposal for the expenditure of the funds in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ec) in the 1993-94 1995-96 school year. The governor may modify the plan.
119.80 (2) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 119.80 (2) (am) and amended to read:
119.80 (2) (am) By January June 1, 1994 1996, and annually thereafter by June 1, the governor and the state superintendent shall submit to the joint committee on finance and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3) a joint proposal for the expenditure of the funds in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ec) in the 1994-95 following school year. Within 30 days after receiving the proposal By June 15, each such standing committee may submit written recommendations on the proposal to the joint committee on finance.
119.80 (2) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
119.80 (2) (a) The board shall submit to the governor a proposal for the expenditure of the funds in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ec) in the 1996-97 school year and in each school year thereafter.
119.80 (2) (b) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
119.80 (2) (b) By June 30, the joint committee on finance may schedule a meeting to act on the proposal. At the meeting, the committee may approve, modify and approve as modified, or reject the proposal. If the committee does not schedule a meeting by June 30, the proposal shall be considered approved by the committee.
119.82 (1) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
119.82 (1) (a) 3. Has been or is being sanctioned under s. 49.50 (7) (h) 49.26 (1) (h) or is subject to the monthly attendance requirement under s. HSS 201.195 (4) (b) 2., Wis. adm. code.
119.84 of the statutes is amended to read:
119.84 Professional development. Annually, the state superintendent shall pay the amount appropriated in that fiscal year under s. 20.255 (2) (dc) to the board. The board shall use 67% of the funds to provide a mentor teacher program for inexperienced teachers and a peer coaching program for experienced teachers. The board shall use the balance of the funds for school administrator assessment and professional staff development
activities. This subsection does not apply after June 30, 1996.
120.105 of the statutes is repealed.
120.12 (3) (e) of the statutes is repealed.
120.12 (24) of the statutes is created to read:
120.12 (24) Health care benefits. Prior to the selection of any group health care benefits provider for school district professional employes, as defined in s. 111.70 (1) (ne), solicit sealed bids for the provision of such benefits.
120.13 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
120.13 School board powers. (intro.) The school board of a common or union high school district may do all things reasonable to promote the cause of education, including establishing, providing and improving school district programs, functions and activities for the benefit of pupils, and including all of the following:
120.17 (8) (bm) of the statutes is amended to read:
120.17 (8) (bm) If the equalized valuation of that part of a municipality lying within a school district is reduced due to the removal of property from the tax roll because the imposition of the property tax on that property is found unconstitutional, the school district clerk shall notify the supervisor of equalization. The supervisor of equalization shall reduce the equalized valuation by the full value of the property so removed and certify the resulting equalized valuation to the state superintendent department and the school district clerk for use in computing the tax levy certifications under this subsection. Corrections may be made under this paragraph only for the valuations used by the department of public instruction for the last 2 school years.
120.44 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
121.006 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.006 (1) (a) The state superintendent department may withhold state aid from any school district in which the scope and character of the work are not maintained in such manner as to meet the state superintendent's
121.02 (1) (m) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.02 (1) (m) Provide access to an education for employment program approved by the state superintendent. Beginning in the 1997-98 school year, the program shall incorporate applied curricula; guidance and counseling services under par. (e); technical preparation under s. 118.34; college preparation; youth apprenticeship under s. 101.265 106.13 or other job training and work experience; and instruction in skills relating to employment. The state superintendent shall assist school boards in complying with this paragraph.
121.02 (1) (s) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.02 (1) (s) Beginning in the 1993-94 school year, administer the examinations required by the state superintendent under s. 118.30. A school board may administer additional examinations only if they are aligned with the school district's curriculum (1m) (am) and (b), and beginning in the 1996-97 school year, administer the examination required by the state superintendent under s. 118.30 (1m) (a).
121.02 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.02 (2) In order to ensure compliance with the standards under sub. (1), the state superintendent
department shall annually conduct a general on-site audit of at least 10% of all school districts, selected by means of a stratified, random sample. The state superintendent shall audit each school district at least once every 10 years but may not audit a school district more than once every 6 years. The state superintendent shall ensure that the audit process involves school board members, school district administrators, teachers, pupils, parents of pupils and other residents of the school district. Nothing in this subsection prohibits the state superintendent from conducting an inquiry into compliance with the standards upon receipt of a complaint and may, on its own initiative, conduct an audit of a school district.
121.05 (1) (a) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
121.05 (1) (a) 4. Pupils enrolled in a private school under s. 119.23 who, in the school year prior to their initial enrollment in the private school, were enrolled in the school district operating under ch. 119 or were not enrolled in school.
121.05 (1) (a) 10. of the statutes is created to read:
121.05 (1) (a) 10. Pupils attending a private school or agency under contract with the board under s. 119.235.
121.06 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.06 (1) Annually on or before October 1, the full value of the taxable property in each part of each city, village and town in each school district shall be determined by the department of revenue according to its best judgment from all sources of information available to it and shall be certified by the department of revenue to the state superintendent department.
121.07 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.07 (1) (a) The membership of the school district in the previous school year and the shared cost for the previous school year shall be used in computing general aid, except that beginning with state aid paid in the 1995-96 school year the membership used to compute state aid to the school district operating under ch. 119 shall include those pupils who are attending a private school under s. 119.23 in the current school year and were enrolled in grades kindergarten to 3 in a private school located in the city of Milwaukee other than under s. 119.23 in the previous school year. If a school district has a state trust fund loan as a result of s. 24.61 (3) (c) 2., the school district's debt service costs shall be based upon current school year costs for the term of the loan and for one additional school year.
121.07 (6) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.07 (6) (a) (intro.) "Shared cost" is the sum of the net cost of the general fund and the net cost of the debt service fund, except that "shared cost" excludes any costs, including attorney fees, incurred by a school district as a result of its participation in a lawsuit commenced against the state, beginning with such costs incurred in the fiscal year in which the lawsuit is commenced. In this paragraph, "net cost of the debt service fund" includes all of the following amounts:
121.07 (6) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
121.07 (6) (am) 1. In calculating shared cost under par. (a) for the purpose of computing state aid paid under s. 121.08 in the 1997-98 to 2000-01 school years, if a school district's equalized valuation exceeds its tertiary guaranteed valuation, the department shall deduct an amount equal to the following percentages of the amount received by the school district under s. 121.85 (6) (b) 3. in the 1995-96 school year that is in addition to the amount received by the school district under s. 121.85 (6) (b) 2. in that school year:
a. In the 1997-98 school year, 100%.
b. In the 1998-99 school year, 75%.