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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 1, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives C. Taylor, Pope, Goyke,
Brostoff, Zamarripa, Anderson, Fields, Berceau, Sargent, Wachs, Subeck,
Crowley, Vruwink, Zepnick, Bowen, Ohnstad, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Shankland
and Billings, cosponsored by Senators Johnson and Miller. Referred to
Committee on Education.
AB709,1,4 1An Act to repeal 20.255 (2) (dp), 115.445 and 118.14 (3); to amend 118.14 (title),
2119.04 (1), 121.004 (7) (c) 1. (intro.), 121.004 (7) (cm) and 121.90 (2) (am) 1.; and
3to create 20.255 (2) (bk), 121.02 (1) (dm) and 121.132 of the statutes; relating
4to:
four-year-old kindergarten and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law permits, but does not require, the school board of a school district
to provide four-year-old kindergarten to eligible pupils. Under current law, unless
a school board has established standards for early admission to four-year-old
kindergarten, a pupil who is four years old on or before September 1 in the year that
he or she proposes to enter school is eligible for four-year-old kindergarten.
This bill requires each school board, other than the school board of a union high
school district, to make four-year-old kindergarten available to all eligible pupils
beginning in the 2019-20 school year. The bill requires the Department of Public
Instruction to provide state aid to each school district for the costs to operate a
four-year-old kindergarten program in the district. The bill adds this state aid for
four-year-old kindergarten to the definition of state aid for revenue limit purposes.
For further information see the state 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:
AB709,1
1Section 1. 20.255 (2) (bk) of the statutes is created to read:
AB709,2,32 20.255 (2) (bk) State aid to school districts to operate 4-year-old kindergarten.
3A sum sufficient for aid to school districts under s. 121.132.
AB709,2 4Section 2. 20.255 (2) (dp) of the statutes is repealed.
AB709,3 5Section 3. 115.445 of the statutes is repealed.
AB709,4 6Section 4. 118.14 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB709,2,7 7118.14 (title) Age of pupils ; phase in of 4-year-old kindergarten.
AB709,5 8Section 5. 118.14 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
AB709,6 9Section 6. 119.04 (1) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, is
10amended to read:
AB709,2,2311 119.04 (1) Subchapters IV, V and VII of ch. 115, ch. 121 and ss. 66.0235 (3) (c),
1266.0603 (1m) to (3), 115.01 (1) and (2), 115.28, 115.31, 115.33, 115.34, 115.343,
13115.345, 115.363, 115.364, 115.365 (3), 115.367, 115.38 (2), 115.415, 115.445, 118.001
14to 118.04, 118.045, 118.06, 118.07, 118.075, 118.076, 118.10, 118.12, 118.125 to
15118.14, 118.145 (4), 118.15, 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, 118.163, 118.164, 118.18,
16118.19, 118.196, 118.20, 118.223, 118.225, 118.24 (1), (2) (c) to (f), (6), (8), and (10),
17118.245, 118.255, 118.258, 118.291, 118.292, 118.293, 118.30 to 118.43, 118.46,
18118.50, 118.51, 118.52, 118.53, 118.55, 118.56, 120.12 (2m), (4m), (5), and (15) to (27),
19120.125, 120.13 (1), (2) (b) to (g), (3), (14), (17) to (19), (26), (34), (35), (37), (37m), (38),
20and (39), 120.137, 120.14, 120.20, 120.21 (3), and 120.25 are applicable to a 1st class
21city school district and board but not, unless explicitly provided in this chapter or in
22the terms of a contract, to the commissioner or to any school transferred to an
23opportunity schools and partnership program.
AB709,7 24Section 7. 121.004 (7) (c) 1. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB709,3,5
1121.004 (7) (c) 1. (intro.) A pupil enrolled in kindergarten may be counted only
2if the pupil attains the age permitted under s. 120.12 (25) or required under s. 118.14
3for kindergarten admission. A kindergarten pupil, including a pupil enrolled in a
44-year-old kindergarten program being phased in under s. 118.14 (3) (b),
shall be
5counted as one-half pupil except that:
AB709,8 6Section 8. 121.004 (7) (cm) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB709,3,117 121.004 (7) (cm) A pupil enrolled in a 4-year-old kindergarten program,
8including a 4-year-old kindergarten program being phased in under s. 118.14 (3) (b),
9that provides the required number of hours of direct pupil instruction under s. 121.02
10(1) (f) shall be counted as 0.6 pupil if the program annually provides at least 87.5
11additional hours of outreach activities.
AB709,9 12Section 9. 121.02 (1) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB709,3,1513 121.02 (1) (dm) Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, make a 4-year-old
14kindergarten program available to all pupils eligible for the program under s. 118.14
15(1) (a) or 120.12 (25), except in union high school districts.
AB709,10 16Section 10. 121.132 of the statutes is created to read:
AB709,3,23 17121.132 State aid to school districts to operate 4-year-old
18kindergarten.
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (bk), the department
19shall reimburse each school district for the costs to operate a 4-year-old
20kindergarten as required under s. 121.02 (1) (dm). A school district that makes a
214-year-old kindergarten program available to all pupils eligible for the program
22under s. 121.02 (1) (dm) in the 2018-19 school year and in any school year thereafter
23shall be reimbursed as provided under this section.
AB709,11 24Section 11. 121.90 (2) (am) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB709,4,3
1121.90 (2) (am) 1. Aid under ss. 121.08, 121.09, 121.105, 121.132, and 121.136
2and subch. VI, as calculated for the current school year on October 15 under s. 121.15
3(4) and including adjustments made under s. 121.15 (4).
AB709,4,44 (End)
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