2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 13, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Felzkowski, Duchow,
Horlacher, Katsma, Kitchens, Krug, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Magnafici, Murphy,
Spiros, Tusler, Quinn, Stafsholt, Nygren, Mursau and Dittrich,
cosponsored by Senators Darling, Bernier, Feyen, Kooyenga, Olsen,
Petrowski and Marklein. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (bp) and 118.50 (5m) of the statutes;
relating to: a
2whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a categorical aid for school boards that enter into a whole grade
sharing agreement and adopt a resolution to consider school district consolidation.
Under the bill, the Department of Public Instruction pays an eligible school board an
amount equal to $150 per pupil enrolled in a grade included in the whole grade
sharing agreement. A school board may not receive this aid for more than five school
Under current law, two or more school boards may enter into a whole grade
sharing agreement, under which all or a substantial portion of the pupils enrolled
in a specified grade in the participating school districts attend the specified grade in
one of the participating school districts.
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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.255 (2) (bp) of the statutes is created to read:
(bp) Aid for whole grade sharing agreements.
The amounts in the 3
schedule for payments under s. 118.50 (5m).
118.50 (5m) of the statutes is created to read:
118.50 (5m) State aid.
(a) A school board is eligible for aid under sub. (b) if the 6
school board does all of the following:
1. Enters into a whole grade sharing agreement.
2. Adopts a resolution declaring that it will consider consolidation under s. 9
117.08 or 117.09.
(b) Beginning in the 2019-20 school year and subject to par. (c), the department 11
shall pay an eligible school board an amount equal to $150 multiplied by the number 12
of pupils who are enrolled in the school district in a grade level that is subject to the 13
whole grade sharing agreement.
(c) 1. If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (bp) is insufficient to pay the full 15
amount under this subsection, the department shall prorate the payments among 16
the eligible school boards.
2. The department may not make payments to a school board under par. (b) for 18
more than 5 school years of a whole grade sharing agreement.
(1) This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 2
publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later.