2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 4, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Vukmir, Darling, Miller, Hansen,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Moulton, Vinehout, Olsen, Feyen and Wirch,
cosponsored by Representatives
Kooyenga, Hutton, Rohrkaste, Stuck,
Allen, Anderson, Ballweg, Fields, Jacque, Murphy, Mursau, Novak,
Ohnstad, Ott, Shankland, Stafsholt, C. Taylor, Tusler, Vorpagel, Macco,
Horlacher and Spiros. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
118.55 (10) of the statutes; relating to: excluding certain
2college credit in high school programs from the Early College Credit Program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill excludes certain college-level courses offered to high school pupils
enrolled in a public school from the Early College Credit Program.
Under the ECCP, a high school pupil, including a high school pupil attending
a private school, may enroll in an institution of higher education for the purpose of
taking one or more nonsectarian courses. Also under the ECCP, “institution of higher
education” is defined to mean an institution within the University of Wisconsin
System, a tribally controlled college, and a private, nonprofit institution of higher
education located in this state. Under the ECCP, a pupil may take the course to earn
high school credit or postsecondary credit or both. The cost of tuition for each course
is divided among the Department of Workforce Development, the school board of the
pupil's school or the governing body of the private school the pupil attends, and the
pupil. The share that each responsible party pays is dependent on whether the
course is taken for high school credit or postsecondary credit and whether a course
similar to the course taken at the institution of higher education is comparable to a
course offered by the school board or private school.
This bill provides that a course that satisfies all of the following requirements
is not a course under the ECCP:
1. The course is offered to pupils under an agreement made between a school
board and the chancellor of one of the four-year institutions of the University of
Wisconsin System before, on, or after the effective date of the bill.
2. Instruction in the course takes place in a school building in the school district
or a school district facility.
3. The teacher who provides instruction in the course is employed by the school
district and has been certified or approved to teach the course by the participating
University of Wisconsin System institution.
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:
118.55 (10) of the statutes is created to read:
118.55 (10) Inapplicability.
(a) In this subsection, “University of Wisconsin 3
System institution” means a 4-year institution in the University of Wisconsin 4
(b) This section does not apply to a course for which a pupil may earn 6
postsecondary credit if all of the following apply:
1. The school board of the school district and the chancellor of a University of 8
Wisconsin System institution have entered into an agreement before, on, or after the 9
effective date of this subdivision .... [LRB inserts date], to provide a college credit in 10
high school program to academically qualified pupils under which participating 11
pupils may take the course for postsecondary credit.
2. The instruction of pupils in the course takes place in a school building in the 13
school district or a school district facility.
3. The high school teacher who provides instruction in the course is employed 15
by the school district and has been certified or approved to provide the instruction 16
by the participating University of Wisconsin System institution.