LRB-3034/1
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2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 7, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Kulp, Wittke, Tusler, Mursau,
Skowronski, Krug, Bowen and Murphy, cosponsored by Senators Bernier
and Carpenter. Referred to Committee on Education.
AB595,1,4 1An Act to renumber and amend 115.42 (1) (a) 1.; to amend 20.255 (3) (c),
2115.42 (title), 115.42 (1) (b) and 115.42 (2) (a) 1.; and to create 115.42 (1) (a) 1.
3c. to e. of the statutes; relating to: grants for teachers who receive certain
4credentials in advanced structured literacy and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Public Instruction administers a grant
program for teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards or licensed by DPI as a master educator (NBPTS/master
educator grant program). Under the NBPTS/master educator grant program, an
eligible teacher receives an initial grant, not to exceed $2,000, to reimburse the
teacher for the costs the teacher incurred to obtain the certification or licensure. In
each of the nine school years following the initial award, DPI awards the teacher a
grant in the amount of $2,500 or, if the individual is teaching in a high-poverty
school, $5,000 if the teacher maintains the certification or licensure, remains
licensed to teach in this state, remains employed as a teacher in this state, and is
placed in the effective or highly effective performance category under the applicable
educator effectiveness system.
This bill expands the NBPTS/master educator grant program to include a
teacher who is certified 1) at the fellow level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham
Practitioners and Educators, 2) by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction as
a structured literacy interventionist or a structured literacy specialist, or 3) by the
Academic Language Therapy Association as an instructor of certified academic

language practitioner, certified academic language therapist, certified academic
language practitioner, or qualified instructor of certified academic language
therapists and practitioners. Under the bill, a teacher who satisfies one of these
requirements is eligible for the same grants as a teacher who is certified by the
NBPTS or is licensed as a master educator by DPI.
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:
AB595,1 1Section 1. 20.255 (3) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB595,2,92 20.255 (3) (c) Grants for national teacher certification or, master educator
3licensure
, or advanced structured literacy training . A sum sufficient for grants under
4s. 115.42
to teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional
5Teaching Standards or, licensed by the department of public instruction as master
6educators, or certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and
7Educators, as provided under s. 115.42 (1) (a) 1. c., by the Center for Effective
8Reading Instruction, as provided under s. 115.42 (1) (a) 1. e., or by the Academic
9Language Therapy Association,
as provided under s. 115.42 (1) (a) 1. d.
AB595,2 10Section 2. 115.42 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB595,2,12 11115.42 (title) Grants for national teacher certification or, master
12educator licensure
, or advanced structured literacy training.
AB595,3 13Section 3. 115.42 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 115.42 (1) (a) 1. (intro.)
14and amended to read:
AB595,2,1515 115.42 (1) (a) 1. (intro.) The person is certified at least one of the following:
AB595,2,17 16a. Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or
17licensed
.
AB595,3,2
1b. Licensed by the department as a master educator under s. PI 34.19 34.042,
2Wis. Adm. Code.
AB595,4 3Section 4. 115.42 (1) (a) 1. c. to e. of the statutes are created to read:
AB595,3,54 115.42 (1) (a) 1. c. Certified at the fellow level by the Academy of
5Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
AB595,3,96 d. Certified by the Academic Language Therapy Association in one of the
7following membership categories: certified academic language practitioner; certified
8academic language therapist; instructor of certified academic language practitioner;
9or qualified instructor of certified academic language therapists and practitioners.
AB595,3,1110 e. Certified by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction as a structured
11literacy interventionist or a structured literacy specialist.
AB595,5 12Section 5. 115.42 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB595,3,1713 115.42 (1) (b) The grant under this subsection shall be an amount equal to the
14costs of obtaining certification or, licensure, or membership under par. (a) 1. that are
15borne by the person, not to exceed $2,000. The department shall award the grant
16under this subsection in the first school year in which the person meets the
17requirements under par. (a).
AB595,6 18Section 6. 115.42 (2) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB595,3,2019 115.42 (2) (a) 1. The person maintains his or her national teacher certificate
20or, master educator license , or certification under sub. (1) (a) 1. c., d., or e.
AB595,3,2121 (End)
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