2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2016 - Introduced by Representatives Tranel, Quinn, E. Brooks,
Novak, Nerison, Swearingen, Bernier, Petryk, Edming, Krug, Macco,
Kitchens, T. Larson, Horlacher, Mursau, Spiros, Murtha, Murphy, Kulp,
VanderMeer, Tauchen, A. Ott, Ballweg, Czaja and Ripp, cosponsored by
Senators Tiffany and Moulton. Referred to Committee on Mining and Rural
AB799,1,4 1An Act to amend 20.255 (2) (ds); and to create 115.45 of the statutes; relating
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics grants for rural school
3districts, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, requiring
4the exercise of rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to award grants to rural
school districts for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and expanding
educational programming related to science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics. Under the bill, a rural school district is defined as a school district with
a membership of not more than 1,000 pupils and a population density of less than
12 pupils per square mile of the school district's area. A condition for receiving one
of these grants is that the recipient must secure or provide matching funds equal to
at least 10 percent of the grant amount. Finally, the bill establishes a minimum grant
amount of $3,000 and a maximum annual grant amount of $20,000.
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:
AB799,1 5Section 1. 20.255 (2) (ds) of the statutes is amended to read:
120.255 (2) (ds) STEM grants; rural school districts. Biennially, the amounts
2in the schedule to award grants for science, technology, engineering, and
3mathematics courses under 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, section 9134 (5q) s. 115.45.
AB799,2 4Section 2. 115.45 of the statutes is created to read:
AB799,2,6 5115.45 Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics grants;
6rural school districts. (1)
In this section:
AB799,2,77 (a) "Membership" has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (5).
AB799,2,98 (b) "Rural school district" means a school district that satisfies all of the
9following criteria:
AB799,2,1110 1. The school district's membership in the previous school year was no more
11than 1,000 pupils.
AB799,2,1312 2. The school district's membership in the previous school year divided by the
13school district's area in square miles is less than 12.
AB799,2,20 14(2) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the department shall award to rural
15school districts grants to establish, maintain, and expand educational programming
16related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The department may
17not award a grant under this subsection unless the rural school district secures or
18provides from private or public sources matching funds equal to at least 10 percent
19of the amount of the grant. The match may be in the form of money or in-kind goods
20or services, or both.
AB799,2,22 21(3) The department shall award grants under sub. (2) from the appropriation
22under s. 20.255 (2) (ds).
AB799,2,24 23(4) The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this
24section. The rules shall include all of the following:
1(a) The department may not award a grant under this section in an amount less
2than $3,000.
AB799,3,43 (b) The department may not award more than $20,000 under this section to a
4rural school district in any fiscal year.
AB799,3,65 (c) The department shall give priority to applications for grants under this
6section in the following order:
AB799,3,97 1. An application to establish science, technology, engineering, and
8mathematics educational programming in a rural school district that does not offer
9such educational programming.
AB799,3,1210 2. An application to expand the science, technology, engineering, and
11mathematics educational programming offered in a rural school district that offers
12such educational programming.
AB799,3,1413 3. An application to maintain the science, technology, engineering, and
14mathematics educational programming offered by a rural school district.
AB799,3 15Section 3. Nonstatutory provisions.
AB799,3,2516 (1) STEM grants; rural school districts. The department of public
17instruction may promulgate emergency rules under section 227.24 of the statutes
18implementing section 115.45 of the statutes, as created by this act. Notwithstanding
19section 227.24 (1) (c) and (2) of the statutes, emergency rules promulgated under this
20subsection remain in effect until July 1, 2017, or the date on which permanent rules
21take effect, whichever is sooner. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (a) and (3) of the
22statutes, the department is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule
23under this subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of the
24public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of
25emergency for a rule promulgated under this subsection.
1Section 4. Fiscal changes.
AB799,4,62 (1) STEM grants; rural school districts. In the schedule under section 20.005
3(3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of public instruction under
4section 20.255 (2) (ds) of the statutes, as affected by the acts of 2015, the dollar
5amount for fiscal year 2016-17 is increased by $1,000,000 for the purpose for which
6the appropriation is made.
AB799,4,77 (End)