Each school district and alternative school, before establishing a program under this subchapter, shall develop a plan which:
Identifies the activities, methods and programs to be used to meet the identified educational needs of the pupils to be enrolled in the program.
Describes how the program will be organized, staffed, coordinated and evaluated.
Each school district and alternative school operating a program under this subchapter shall maintain records concerning the number of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program and of all sums expended in connection with the program. The school district or alternative school shall make affirmative efforts to encourage participation of American Indian pupils in the program by providing for meetings with parents and guardians of American Indian pupils to explain the nature of the program.
History: 1979 c. 346
Parent advisory committee. 115.735(1)
Each school district and alternative school which establishes a program under this subchapter shall establish an American Indian parent advisory committee, appointed by the school board, to afford parents and educators of American Indian pupils the opportunity to advise the school board of their views and to ensure that a program is planned, operated and evaluated with their involvement and consultation. If there is a local tribal education authority, the school board shall appoint committee members from recommendations submitted by the authority.
The committee shall be composed of parents or guardians of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program, teachers, aides and counselors involved in the program and representatives of local tribal education authorities, but a majority of the members of each committee shall be parents or guardians of American Indian pupils enrolled in the program.
If an advisory committee exists which meets the requirements of sub. (2)
, it may serve as the parent advisory committee. If the school board consists solely of parents or guardians of American Indian pupils, it may serve as the parent advisory committee.
History: 1979 c. 346
Assessment of needs and evaluation of resources. 115.74(1)(1)
On or before July 1 in every even-numbered year, the state superintendent shall:
Conduct a statewide assessment of the need for American Indian language and culture education programs. The assessment shall include information on:
Numbers, ages, location and tribal affiliation of American Indian pupils.
Concentration of American Indian pupils in attendance areas, as defined in s. 121.845 (1)
, within each school district by tribal affiliation.
Rates of American Indian children receiving special education and related services under subch. V of ch. 115
in comparison with statewide and district-wide rates.
Advancement, achievement levels and dropout rates of American Indian pupils in comparison with average advancement and dropout rates.
Evaluate the American Indian language and culture education programs established under this subchapter. Alternative school programs shall be evaluated under this paragraph only with the permission of the school.
Annually, on or before July 1, the state superintendent shall evaluate all available resources and programs which are or could be directed toward meeting the educational needs of American Indian pupils. The evaluation shall include information on:
Numbers, locations and qualifications of teachers, administrators, counselors and others from American Indian backgrounds who are interested in working in American Indian language and culture education programs.
Programs in this state designed for the preparation of American Indian language and culture education teachers.
The effectiveness of programs for American Indian pupils in this state other than programs established under this subchapter.
The effectiveness of preservice and in-service programs for staffs of American Indian language and culture education programs.
The tests, criteria, procedures and methods used to identify, test, assess and classify American Indian pupils.
The assessment of needs under sub. (1) (a)
and the evaluation of resources under sub. (2)
shall be performed on Indian reservations and in other Indian communities recognized by the federal government only in conjunction with, or with the permission of, the respective tribal governments.
The state superintendent shall prepare a biennial report which shall be included as an addendum to the department's biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
. The report shall include the results of the most recent assessment of needs and evaluation of programs under sub. (1)
, the evaluation of resources under sub. (2)
and recommendations for legislation in the area of American Indian language and culture education.
Aid to alternative schools. 115.75(1)(a)(a)
Subject to the requirements of par. (b)
, each alternative school operating an American Indian language and culture education program under this subchapter shall receive state aid, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (km)
, in an amount equal to $200 for each pupil who has completed the fall semester in the program.
No alternative school may receive state aid under this section unless the state superintendent:
Determines that the alternative school has adequate management and accounting capacity and that the school agrees that its accounts related to the program may be audited.
Certifies that the alternative school has met the requirements of ss. 115.73
and has submitted a report to the state superintendent which includes a description of all expenditures made in the prior year in connection with the program, a budget for the current year for the program and the number of pupils who have completed the fall semester in the program.
State aid under this section shall be paid in April of each year. In no case may such aid supplant federal aid received by the alternative school and utilized for American Indian language and culture education programs in the prior year.
If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (km)
in any year is insufficient to pay the full amount of aid under this section, state aid payments shall be prorated among the alternative schools entitled to such aid.
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
To the extent possible, this subchapter shall be construed in a manner that is consistent with 20 USC 1400
History: 1997 a. 164
In this subchapter:
"Assistive technology device" means any item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.
"Assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device, including all of the following:
The evaluation of the needs of the child, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment.
Purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by the child.
Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing of assistive technology devices.
Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitative plans and programs.
Training or technical assistance for the child or, where appropriate, the child's family.
Training or technical assistance for professionals, including individuals providing education and rehabilitative services, employers or other individuals who provide services to, employ or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of the child.
"Child" means any person who is at least 3 years old but not yet 21 years old and who has not graduated from high school and, for the duration of a school term, any person who becomes 21 years old during that school term and who has not graduated from high school.
"Child caring institution" means a child welfare agency licensed under s. 48.60
"Child with a disability" means a child who, by reason of any of the following, needs special education and related services:
"Child with a disability" may, at the discretion of the local educational agency and consistent with department rules, include a child who, by reason of his or her significant developmental delay, needs special education and related services.
"Division" means the division for learning support, equity and advocacy in the department.
"Free appropriate public education" means special education and related services that are provided at public expense and under public supervision and direction, meet the standards of the department, include an appropriate preschool, elementary or secondary school education and are provided in conformity with an individualized education program.
"Hearing officer" means an independent examiner appointed to conduct hearings under s. 115.80
"Individualized education program" means a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed and revised in accordance with s. 115.787
"Local educational agency", except as otherwise provided, means the school district in which the child with a disability resides, the department of health and family services if the child with a disability resides in an institution or facility operated by the department of health and family services, or the department of corrections if the child with a disability resides in a Type 1 secured correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02 (19)
, or a Type 1 prison, as defined in s. 301.01 (5)
"Native language", when used with reference to an individual of limited English proficiency, means the language normally used by the individual.
A husband who has consented to the artificial insemination of his wife under s. 891.40
A male who has been adjudicated the child's father under subch. VIII of ch. 48
, under ss. 767.45
, by final order or judgment of an Indian tribal court of competent jurisdiction or by final order or judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction in another state.
A foster parent, if the right and the responsibility of all of the persons specified in subds. 1.
to make educational decisions concerning a child have been extinguished by termination of parental rights, by transfer of guardianship or legal custody or by other court order, and if the foster parent has an ongoing, long-term parental relationship with the child, is willing to make the educational decisions that are required of a parent under this subchapter and has no interests that would conflict with the interests of the child.
"Parent" does not include any of the following:
The state, a county or a child welfare agency, if a child was made a ward of the state, county or child welfare agency under ch. 880
or if a child has been placed in the legal custody or guardianship of the state, county or child welfare agency under ch. 48
or ch. 767
An American Indian tribal agency if the child was made a ward of the agency or placed in the legal custody or guardianship of the agency.
"Person acting as a parent of a child" means a relative of the child or a private individual allowed to act as a parent of a child by the child's biological or adoptive parents or guardian, and includes the child's grandparent, neighbor, friend or private individual caring for the child with the explicit or tacit approval of the child's biological or adoptive parents or guardian. "Person acting as a parent of a child" does not include any person that receives public funds to care for the child if such funds exceed the cost of such care.