The state superintendent shall:
Annually set goals relating to increasing the percentages of economically disadvantaged pupils who graduate from high school and are prepared for postsecondary school education.
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (3) (fz)
, award precollege scholarships, on a competitive basis, to economically disadvantaged pupils who enroll in a technical college or in college or university classes or programs designed to improve academic skills that are essential for success in postsecondary school education. The state superintendent shall give preference to economically disadvantaged pupils who are inadequately represented in the technical college and University of Wisconsin Systems.
In consultation with postsecondary educational institutions, promulgate rules establishing criteria for the review and approval of applications for scholarships under par. (b)
See also ch. PI 22
, Wis. adm. code.
A school district that satisfies all of the following criteria may apply to the department by October 15 of each school year for a grant to supplement aid under s. 121.08
The school district had an enrollment in the previous school year of fewer than 500 pupils.
The school district is at least 200 square miles in area.
At least 80% of the real property in the school district is exempt from taxation under s. 70.11
, taxed as forest croplands under subch. I of ch. 77
, owned by or held in trust for a federally recognized American Indian tribe, or owned by the federal government.
No later than June 30 of the current school year, the department shall, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ad)
, pay each school district that satisfies the criteria under sub. (1)
$350 for each pupil enrolled in the school district in the previous school year. If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ad)
is insufficient to pay the full amount under this subsection, the funds shall be prorated among the entitled school districts.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
History: 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
See also ch. PI 10
, Wis. adm. code.
A school district is eligible for sparsity aid under this section if it satisfies all of the following criteria:
The school district's membership in the previous school year was no more than 725.
At least 20 percent of the school district's membership in the previous school year was eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch under 42 USC 1758
The school district's membership in the previous school year divided by the school district's area in square miles is less than 10.
Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ae)
and subject to par. (b)
, the department shall pay to each school district eligible for sparsity aid $300 multiplied by the membership in the previous school year.
If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ae)
in any fiscal year is insufficient to pay the full amount under par. (a)
, the department shall prorate the payments among the eligible school districts.
History: 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
Early identification program. 115.44(1)
The state superintendent shall establish an early identification program as part of the Wisconsin educational opportunity program under s. 115.28 (23)
. Early identification program costs shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (a)
. The early identification program shall assist minority and economically disadvantaged pupils in grades 8 to 12 in pursuing higher educational opportunities by providing direction toward attainment of career goals.
Biennially, the state superintendent shall provide the governor and any appropriate standing committee of the legislature information on the performance of the early identification program and the postsecondary educational progress of the pupils who were enrolled in the program. The information shall include the number and ethnic backgrounds of the pupils who were enrolled in the program and college acceptance, retention and graduation rates of the pupils.
Four-year-old kindergarten grants. 115.445(1)
A school board may apply to the department for a 2-year grant under this section to implement a 4-year-old kindergarten program.
In the first school year of a grant awarded under this section, the department shall pay the school board up to $3,000 for each 4-year-old kindergarten pupil enrolled in the school district. In the succeeding school year, the department shall pay the school board up to $1,500 for each 4-year-old kindergarten pupil enrolled in the school district.
The department shall award grants under this section beginning in the 2008-09 school year and shall give preference in awarding grants to school boards that use community approaches to early education, as defined by the department by rule. If the funds in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (dp)
are insufficient to pay all eligible school boards, the department shall prorate the payments.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section.
History: 2007 a. 20
See also ch. PI 16
, Wis. adm. code.
Grants for preschool to grade 5 programs. 115.45(2)(a)(a)
Annually by September 15, the school board, on its own initiative or upon receipt of an application from the principal of an elementary school located in the school district, may apply to the state superintendent for a grant under this section. The application shall include a plan specifying how the school board intends to meet the requirements under sub. (4)
, explaining the school board's selection process for individual schools and private service providers and identifying the schools in the school district, or the private service providers certified by the school board as providing the services under sub. (4) (b)
, to which the grant funds will be applied.
The council for Milwaukee public schools grant programs under s. 115.28 (20)
shall review the applications submitted under par. (a)
and make recommendations to the state superintendent regarding the schools to be selected and amounts of the grants to be awarded. The council's recommendations shall be based upon and include information regarding the degree to which the proposed projects will effectively meet the requirements under sub. (4)
The state superintendent shall determine the amount of the grant, if any, to be awarded a school board submitting an application under sub. (2) (a)
. Amounts awarded shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (do)
. Amounts awarded shall be used by the school board to supplement existing elementary school programs and not to supplant or replace funds otherwise available for such programs.
"Low-income pupil" means a pupil for whom aid to families with dependent children is being received under s. 49.19
or a pupil who is a member of a Wisconsin works group, as defined in s. 49.141 (1) (s)
, with a member who is participating in Wisconsin works under s. 49.147 (3)
The state superintendent shall give priority in awarding grants under this section to all of the following programs:
Programs in existence on August 9, 1989, that have proven successful.
Programs established in school districts with a high number of dropouts and low-income pupils.
The school board receiving an award under this section shall ensure that the schools or private service providers identified under sub. (2) (a)
comply with all of the following requirements:
Each identified school or private service provider shall provide structured educational experiences for 4-year-old pupils. The structured educational experiences shall focus on the needs of low-income pupils and shall include activities that encourage early skill development.
Each identified school or private service provider shall annually test the pupils enrolled in grades 1 to 5 in reading, language arts and mathematics using tests approved by the department.
Each identified school or private service provider shall implement a multidisciplinary team approach to the identification and remediation of problems of pupils with significant needs.
Each identified school or private service provider shall restrict class size in all grades below the 6th grade to no more than 25 pupils for each teacher.
The principal of each identified school and the administrator of each identified private service provider shall annually prepare a written performance evaluation of each staff member providing services under this subsection.
All administrative and instructional staff in the elementary grades of each identified school or private service provider shall participate in in-service training that focuses on educational practices and policies identified by the department as effective in improving pupil achievement.
Establish a council composed of teachers, parents of pupils enrolled in the school district, school board members and community leaders to monitor and make recommendations to the school board concerning the school's educational programs.
Develop plans to encourage and increase parental involvement in efforts to improve the quality of education.
Annually, each identified school or private service provider shall report to the state superintendent all of the following:
The number and content of in-service training activities under par. (f)
The number and content of parental involvement activities and the number of parents attending each activity.
Beginning in the 1987-88 school year, amounts awarded under this section should be awarded on the basis of improvements in academic performance.
The state superintendent shall:
Establish criteria for measuring and evaluating improvements in academic performance for the purpose of sub. (5)
By March 1, 1986, and annually thereafter, submit to the joint committee on finance and the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
, a budget report detailing the grants he or she intends to award under this section in the next fiscal year. The report shall provide summary data on the results of the annual testing required under sub. (4) (b)
and include a description of the guidelines used to determine the individual schools and private service providers that will receive funds under this section and the types of expenditures eligible for such funds.
Annually submit to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2)
a report on the academic progress made by pupils enrolled in preschool to grade 5 programs under this section.
The joint committee on finance may review the budget report.
If a pupil attending a school receiving a grant under this section moves from the attendance area for that school to another attendance area after the 3rd Friday in September during any school term, the school board may offer the pupil the opportunity to continue to attend school for the remainder of the school term at the school he or she was originally attending.
The state superintendent may authorize a school district to use up to 8% of a grant to pay the costs of transporting pupils under par. (a)
The school districts receiving funds under par. (b)
shall give first priority under par. (a)
to first grade students.
Grants under this section shall be awarded for a 3-year period. The state superintendent and the grant recipient shall jointly establish performance objectives for each proposed project and criteria for evaluating whether the project meets the objectives. At the end of the 3-year period, the state superintendent shall determine whether the project met its objectives. A grant may not be renewed unless the state superintendent determines that the project met its objectives.
See also ch. PI 29
, Wis. adm. code.
Interstate agreement on qualification of educational personnel.
The interstate agreement on qualification of educational personnel is hereby enacted into law and entered into with all jurisdictions legally joining therein, in the form substantially as follows:
INTERSTATE AGREEMENT ON QUALIFICATION
OF EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL
(1) Article I - Purpose, Findings, and Policy. 115.46(1)(a)(a)
The states party to this agreement, desiring by common action to improve their respective school systems by utilizing the teacher or other professional educational person wherever educated, declare that it is the policy of each of them, on the basis of cooperation with one another, to take advantage of the preparation and experience of such persons wherever gained, thereby serving the best interests of society, of education, and of the teaching profession. It is the purpose of this agreement to provide for the development and execution of such programs of cooperation as will facilitate the movement of teachers and other professional educational personnel among the states party to it, and to authorize specific interstate educational personnel contracts to achieve that end.
The party states find that included in the large movement of population among all sections of the nation are many qualified educational personnel who move for family and other personal reasons but who are hindered in using their professional skill and experience in their new locations. Variations from state to state in requirements for qualifying educational personnel discourage such personnel from taking the steps necessary to qualify in other states. As a consequence, a significant number of professionally prepared and experienced educators is lost to our school systems. Facilitating the employment of qualified educational personnel, without reference to their states of origin, can increase the available educational resources. Participation in this compact can increase the availability of educational manpower.
(2) Article II - Definitions.
As used in this agreement and contracts made pursuant to it, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
"Accept", or any variant thereof, means to recognize and give effect to one or more determinations of another state relating to the qualifications of educational personnel in lieu of making or requiring a like determination that would otherwise be required by or pursuant to the laws of a receiving state.
"Designated state official" means the education official of a state selected by that state to negotiate and enter into, on behalf of that state, contracts pursuant to this agreement.
"Educational personnel" means persons who must meet requirements pursuant to state law as a condition of employment in educational programs.
"Originating state" means a state, and the subdivisions of the state, if any, whose determination that certain educational personnel are qualified to be employed for specific duties in schools is acceptable in accordance with the terms of a contract made pursuant to sub. (3)
"Receiving state" means a state, and the subdivisions of the state, that accepts educational personnel in accordance with the terms of a contract made pursuant to sub. (3)