2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
September 4, 2015 - Introduced by Representative Sanfelippo, cosponsored by
Senator Stroebel. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to amend
118.60 (2) (be) 2.; and
118.60 (2) (be) 2m. of the 2
statutes; relating to: the pupil participation limit in the statewide parental
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the limit on the total number of pupils residing in a school
district who may participate in the statewide parental choice program (pupil
participation limit) in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years is 1 percent of the school
district's membership in the previous school year. Beginning with the 2017-18
school year, the pupil participation limit increases one percentage point each school
year until the limit reaches 10 percent in the 2025-26 school year, after which there
is no pupil participation limit in the statewide parental choice program.
This bill creates an exception to the pupil participation limit. The exception
allows a pupil who attended a private school under the statewide parental choice
program in the previous year to attend a private school under the statewide parental
choice program if the pupil's application to attend a private school under the
statewide parental choice program is not accepted because the pupil's resident school
district has exceeded its pupil participation limit.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
(be) 2. Beginning Except as provided in subd. 2m., beginning
the 2015-16 school year and ending with the 2025-26 school year, the total number 5
of pupils residing in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st 6
class city school district, who may attend a private school under this section during 7
a school year may not exceed the school district's pupil participation limit for that 8
118.60 (2) (be) 2m. of the statutes is created to read:
(be) 2m. A pupil who resides in a school district, other than an 11
eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, may attend a private school 12
under this section if all of the following apply:
a. The pupil attended a private school under par. (bm) in the previous school 14
b. The department determines that the total number of applications from 16
pupils residing in the pupil's resident school district exceeded the pupil's resident 17
school district's pupil participation limit.
c. The pupil's application to attend a private school under this section was not 19
accepted under the random process utilized by the department.
d. The private school to which the pupil applied to attend under this section has 21
not exceeded its maximum general capacity or seating capacity.
(1) This act first applies to pupils applying to attend a private school under the 24
statewide parental choice program for the 2015-16 school year.