(e) Annually submit to the department a school financial information report, 22
prepared by a certified public accountant, that complies with uniform financial 23
accounting standards established by the department by rule. The report shall be 24
accompanied by an auditor's statement that the report is free of material 25
misstatements and fairly represents pupil costs. The report shall be limited in scope
to those records that are necessary for the department to make payments to 2
(f) If the participating school expects to receive at least $50,000 in scholarships 4
under this section during a school year, do one of the following before the beginning 5
of the school year:
1. File with the department a surety bond payable to the state in an amount 7
equal to the total amount of scholarships expected to be received by the school during 8
the school year under this section.
2. File with the department financial information demonstrating that the 10
school has the ability to pay an amount equal to the total amount of scholarships 11
expected to be received by the school during the school year under this section.
(g) Regularly report to the parent of a pupil attending the school and receiving 13
a scholarship under this section on the pupil's progress.
(a) Private school.
Section 121.54 applies to the 15
transportation of a pupil to and from the private school he or she is attending under 16
(b) Public school.
Section 118.51 (14) applies to the transportation of a pupil 18
to and from the public school he or she is attending under this section.
(a) The department may bar a school district or private school 20
from participating in the program under this section if the department determines 21
that the school district or private school has done any of the following:
1. Intentionally and substantially misrepresented information required under 23
2. Routinely failed to comply with the standards under sub. (4) (e) or (f).
3. Used a pupil's scholarship for any purpose other than educational purposes 2
or rebated, refunded, or shared a pupil's scholarship with a parent or pupil.
4. Failed to refund to the state, in a timely manner, any scholarship 4
(b) If the department bars a school district or private school from participating 6
in the program under this section, it shall notify all pupils eligible to participate in 7
the program and their parents as quickly as possible. A pupil who is receiving a 8
scholarship and attending a school district or private school barred from the program 9
may attend another participating school district or private school under the 10
(a) The legislative audit bureau shall contract for a study of the 12
program under this section with one or more researchers who have experience 13
evaluating school choice programs. The study shall evaluate all of the following:
1. The level of satisfaction with the program expressed by participating pupils 15
and their parents.
2. The percentage of participating pupils who were victimized because of their 17
special needs at their resident school district and the percentage of such pupils at 18
their participating school.
3. The percentage of participating pupils who exhibited behavioral problems 20
at their resident school district and the percentage of such pupils at their 21
4. The average class size at participating pupils' resident school districts and 23
at their participating schools.
5. The fiscal impact of the program on the state and on resident school districts.
(b) The contract under par. (a) shall require the researchers who conduct the 2
study to do all of the following:
1. Apply appropriate analytical and behavioral science methodologies to 4
ensure public confidence in the study.
2. Protect the identity of participating schools and pupils.
(c) The contract under par. (a) shall require that the results of the study be 7
reported to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 8
(3) by January 9, 2015.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and 10
administer this section, including rules relating to all of the following:
(a) The eligibility and participation of eligible schools, including timelines that 12
maximize pupil and school participation.
(b) The calculation and distribution of scholarships.
(c) The application and approval procedures for pupils and eligible schools.
AB110, s. 6
121.05 (1) (a) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 4. Pupils residing in the school district but attending a public 17
school in another school district, or a private school, under s. 115.7915.
AB110, s. 7
121.08 (4) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) The amount of state aid that a school district is eligible to be 20
paid from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ac) in any school year shall be 21
reduced by the total amount of scholarships paid by the department under s. 22
115.7915 in that school year for pupils who reside in the school district.
AB110, s. 8
121.08 (4) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) The amount of state aid that a school district is eligible to be paid 25
from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ac) shall also be reduced by an amount
equal to the amount paid to the Second Chance Partnership under s. 115.28 (54) for 2
pupils enrolled in the school district. The department shall ensure that the amount 3
of the aid reduction lapses to the general fund and that it
does not affect the amount 4
determined to be received by a school district as state aid under this section for any 5
AB110, s. 9
121.08 (4) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) The state superintendent shall ensure that the total amount of 8
aid reduction under pars. (a) and (b) this subsection
lapses to the general fund.
AB110, s. 10
121.54 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
121.54 (3) Transportation for children with disabilities. Every Except as
11provided in s. 115.7915 (5), every
school board shall provide transportation for 12
children with disabilities, as defined in s. 115.76 (5), to any public or private 13
elementary or high school, to the school operated by the Wisconsin Center for the 14
Blind and Visually Impaired or the school operated by the Wisconsin Educational 15
Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or to any special education 16
program for children with disabilities sponsored by a state tax-supported institution 17
of higher education, including a technical college, regardless of distance, if the 18
request for such transportation is approved by the state superintendent. Approval 19
shall be based on whether or not the child can walk to school with safety and comfort. 20
Section 121.53 shall apply to transportation provided under this subsection.