2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
February 24, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives Duchow, Kitchens, Thiesfeldt
and Skowronski, cosponsored by Senators Ballweg, Testin and Feyen.
Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act relating to: full-time open enrollment to attend a fully virtual program
2offered by a nonresident school district during the 2021-22 school year.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
During the 2021-22 school year, this bill allows a pupil to attend a fully virtual
option offered by a nonresident school board or a charter school located in a
nonresident school district under the full-time open enrollment program. Under the
bill, a fully virtual option is an option offered by a school board or a charter school
under which a pupil receives all of his or her instruction through the Internet and
the pupil and the instructional staff member providing the instruction are
geographically remote from each other. The bill specifies that a fully virtual option
is located in the school district governed by the school board that offers the option of
the school district in which the charter school offering the option is located.
Under current law, a pupil may attend a public school in a nonresident school
district under the full-time open enrollment program. Current law does not specify
where a virtual program other than a virtual charter school is located for purposes
of the full-time open enrollment program.
For further information see the 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:
(1) Full-time open enrollment; fully virtual option in the 2021-22 school
(a) In this subsection:
1. “Charter school” has the meaning given in s. 118.51 (1) (ad).
2. “Fully virtual option” means an option offered to pupils by a school board or 7
charter school under which all of the instruction is provided through means of the 8
Internet, and the pupils receiving the instruction and instructional staff providing 9
the instruction are geographically remote from each other. “Fully virtual option” 10
does not include an option offered by a virtual charter school, as defined in s. 115.001 11
3. “Nonresident school district" has the meaning given in s. 118.51 (1) (c).
(b) In the 2021-22 school year, a pupil may attend a fully virtual option in a 14
nonresident school district under s. 118.51. For purposes of this paragraph, a fully 15
virtual option is considered to be located in the following school district:
1. If a school board offers the fully virtual option, in the school district governed 17
by the school board.
2. If a charter school offers the fully virtual option, in the school district in 19
which the charter school is located.