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115.97(5) (5)
115.97(5)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (b), if a school board is required to establish a bilingual-bicultural education program under sub. (2), (3) or (4), but bilingual teachers for the language groups are unavailable, the program may be taught by certified teachers of English as a 2nd language upon receipt of approval of the state superintendent. The state superintendent may approve a program under this paragraph only if the school board demonstrates all of the following:
115.97(5)(a)1. 1. Compliance with all other requirements of this subchapter.
115.97(5)(a)2. 2. A good faith, continuing effort to recruit bilingual teachers for the language group.
115.97(5)(a)3. 3. Employment of at least one bilingual teacher's aide in the program.
115.97(5)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a program for Spanish-speaking pupils.
115.977 115.977 Contracting; continued eligibility.
115.977(2) (2) A school district may establish bilingual-bicultural education programs by contracting with other school districts or with a cooperative educational service agency. If 10 or more pupils in kindergarten to grade 3, 20 or more in grades 4 to 8 or 20 or more in a high school program are enrolled in a program under a contract pursuant to this subsection, the school district offering the program is eligible for reimbursement under s. 115.995.
115.977(3) (3) The school board shall give any limited-English proficient pupil who has begun a bilingual-bicultural education program in the 3rd grade the opportunity to continue his or her bilingual-bicultural education program in the 4th grade regardless of the number of limited-English proficient pupils in grades 4 to 8. However, if there are not a sufficient number of limited-English proficient pupils in grades 4 to 8 to require a bilingual-bicultural education program under sub. (2), the school board may offer such pupil the opportunity to continue a bilingual-bicultural education program with a program established for limited-English proficient pupils in kindergarten to grade 3. A 4th grade pupil so enrolled may be counted for purposes of determining if there are a sufficient number of pupils for a kindergarten to grade 3 bilingual-bicultural education program.
115.977 History History: 1975 c. 395; 1999 a. 19.
115.98 115.98 Bilingual-bicultural advisory committee. In each school district which establishes a bilingual-bicultural education program under this subchapter, the school board may appoint a bilingual-bicultural advisory committee to afford parents and educators of limited-English proficient pupils the opportunity to advise the school board of their views and to ensure that a program is planned, operated and evaluated with their involvement and consultation. The committee shall assist the school board in informing educators, parents and legal custodians of limited-English proficient pupils that a program exists. The committee shall be composed of parents of limited-English proficient pupils enrolled in the bilingual-bicultural education program, bilingual and other teachers, bilingual teacher's aides, bilingual and other counselors and bilingual counselor's aides in the district, at least one representative from the community and a representative of the school district administration.
115.98 History History: 1975 c. 395; 1999 a. 19.
115.99 115.99 Preschool and summer school programs. A school board may establish a full-time or part-time preschool or summer bilingual-bicultural education program according to rules established by the state superintendent.
115.99 History History: 1975 c. 395; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27.
115.991 115.991 Training programs. The school board may institute preservice or in-service programs designed to improve the skills of bilingual teachers, bilingual teacher's aides, bilingual counselors, bilingual counselor's aides or other personnel participating in, or preparing to participate in, a bilingual-bicultural education program.
115.991 History History: 1975 c. 395.
115.993 115.993 Report on bilingual-bicultural education. Annually, on or before August 15, the school board of a district operating a bilingual-bicultural education program under this subchapter shall report to the state superintendent the number of pupils, including both limited-English proficient pupils and other pupils, instructed the previous school year in bilingual-bicultural education programs, an itemized statement on oath of all disbursements on account of the bilingual-bicultural education program operated during the previous school year and a copy of the estimated budget for that program for the current school year.
115.993 History History: 1975 c. 395; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 19.
115.993 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. PI 13.06, Wis. adm. code.
115.995 115.995 State aids. Upon receipt of the report under s. 115.993, if the state superintendent is satisfied that the bilingual-bicultural education program for the previous school year was maintained in accordance with this subchapter, the state superintendent shall do all of the following:
115.995(1) (1) From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cc), divide proportionally, based upon costs reported under s. 115.993, an annual payment of $250,000 among school districts whose enrollments in the previous school year were at least 15% limited-English proficient pupils. Aid paid under this subsection does not reduce aid paid under sub. (2).
115.995(2) (2) Certify to the department of administration in favor of the school district a sum equal to a percentage of the amount expended on limited-English proficient pupils by the school district during the preceding year for salaries of personnel participating in and attributable to bilingual-bicultural education programs under this subchapter, special books and equipment used in the bilingual-bicultural programs and other expenses approved by the state superintendent. The percentage shall be determined by dividing the amount in the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cc) in the current school year less $250,000 by the total amount of aidable costs in the previous school year.
115.995 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. PI 13.07, Wis. adm. code.
115.996 115.996 Report to the legislature. Annually, on or before December 31, the state superintendent shall submit a report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2), on the status of bilingual-bicultural education programs established under this subchapter. The report shall include the number of pupils served in bilingual-bicultural education programs for each language group in each school district in which such programs are offered and the cost of the program per pupil for each school district, language group and program type. The department shall also provide the number of pupils in each school district and language group who as a result of participation in a bilingual-bicultural education program improved their English language ability to such an extent that the program is no longer necessary for such pupils.
115.996 History History: 1975 c. 395; 1987 a. 159, 186, 403; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27.
subch. VIII of ch. 115 SUBCHAPTER VIII
INTERSTATE COMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITY FOR MILITARY CHILDREN
115.997 115.997 Interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children. The interstate compact on educational opportunity for children of military families is hereby enacted into law and entered into with all jurisdictions legally joining therein in the form substantially as follows:
115.997(1) (1)Article I — Purpose. It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
115.997(1)(a) (a) Facilitating the timely enrollment of children of military families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of education records from the previous local education agency or variations in entrance or age requirements.
115.997(1)(b) (b) Facilitating the student placement process through which children of military families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content, or assessment.
115.997(1)(c) (c) Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities.
115.997(1)(d) (d) Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military families.
115.997(1)(e) (e) Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
115.997(1)(f) (f) Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, local education agencies, and military families under this compact.
115.997(1)(g) (g) Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children.
115.997(1)(h) (h) Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents, and students in order to achieve educational success for the students.
115.997(2) (2)Article II — Definitions. As used in this compact, unless the context clearly requires a different construction:
115.997(2)(a) (a) "Active duty" means full-time active duty status in a uniformed service of the United States, including members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 USC 1209 and 1211.
115.997(2)(b) (b) "Child of a military family" means a school-aged child who is enrolled in any of the grades from kindergarten to 12 and who resides in the household of a person on active duty.
115.997(2)(c) (c) "Compact commissioner" means the voting representative of each compacting state appointed pursuant to sub. (8) of this compact.
115.997(2)(d) (d) "Deployment" means the period one month prior to a service members' departure from his or her home station on military orders though 6 months after return to his or her home station.
115.997(2)(e) (e) "Education records" means those records, files, and data directly related to a student and maintained by the local education agency, including records encompassing all the material kept in the student's cumulative folder such as general identifying data, records of attendance and of academic work completed, records of achievement and results of evaluative tests, health data, disciplinary status, test protocols, and individualized education programs.
115.997(2)(f) (f) "Extracurricular activity" means a voluntary activity sponsored by a local education agency or an organization sanctioned by the local education agency. Extracurricular activity includes preparation for and involvement in public performances, contests, athletic competitions, demonstrations, displays, and club activities.
115.997(2)(g) (g) "Interstate commission" means the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children created under sub. (9) of this compact.
115.997(2)(h) (h) "Local education agency" means a school district or the operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r).
115.997(2)(i) (i) "Member state" means a state that has enacted this compact.
115.997(2)(j) (j) "Military installation" means a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, homeport facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the U.S. department of defense, including any leased facility, which is located within any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, and any other U.S. Territory. "Military installation" does not include any facility used primarily for civil works, rivers and harbors projects, or flood control projects.
115.997(2)(k) (k) "Nonmember state" means a state that has not enacted this compact.
115.997(2)(L) (L) "Receiving state" means the state to which a child of a military family is sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought.
115.997(2)(m) (m) "Rule" means a written statement by the interstate commission promulgated pursuant to sub. (12) that is of general applicability and that implements, interprets, or prescribes a policy or provision of the compact, or an organizational, procedural, or practice requirement of the interstate commission.
115.997(2)(n) (n) "Sending state" means the state from which a child of a military family is sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought.
115.997(2)(o) (o) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, and any other U.S. Territory.
115.997(2)(p) (p) "Student" means a child of a military family for whom the local education agency receives public funding and who is formally enrolled in any of the grades from kindergarten to 12.
115.997(2)(q) (q) "Transition" means all of the following:
115.997(2)(q)1. 1. The formal and physical process of transferring from local education agency to local education agency.
115.997(2)(q)2. 2. The period of time in which a student moves from one local education agency in a sending state to another local education agency in a receiving state.
115.997(2)(r) (r) "Uniformed service" means the army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard, the commissioned corps of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, and the commissioned corps of the public health services.
115.997(2)(s) (s) "Veteran" means a person who served in a uniformed service and was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.
115.997(3) (3)Article III — Applicability.
115.997(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b) and (c), this interstate compact applies to a child of any of the following:
115.997(3)(a)1. 1. An active duty member of the uniformed service, including a member of the national guard and reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 USC 1209 and 1211.
115.997(3)(a)2. 2. A member or veteran of the uniformed service who is severely injured and medically discharged or retired for a period of one year after medical discharge or retirement.
115.997(3)(a)3. 3. A member of the uniformed service who dies on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained on active duty for a period of one year after death.
115.997(3)(b) (b) The provisions of this interstate compact apply only to local education agencies.
115.997(3)(c) (c) The provisions of this compact do not apply to a child of any of the following:
115.997(3)(c)1. 1. An inactive member of the national guard and military reserves.
115.997(3)(c)2. 2. Except as provided in par. (a), a retired member of the uniformed services.
115.997(3)(c)3. 3. Except as provided in par. (a), a veteran of the uniformed services.
115.997(3)(c)4. 4. Other U.S. department of defense personnel, or of a civilian or contract employee of any other federal agency, who is not an active duty member of a uniformed service.
115.997(4) (4)Article IV — Educational records and enrollment.
115.997(4)(a)(a) Unofficial or hand-carried pupil records. If official education records cannot be released to the parents for the purpose of transfer, the custodian of the education records in the sending state shall prepare and furnish to the parent a complete set of unofficial education records containing uniform information as determined by the interstate commission. The local education agency in the receiving state shall enroll and appropriately place the student as quickly as possible, based on the information provided in the unofficial education records, if provided, pending validation by the official education records.
115.997(4)(b) (b) Education records and transcripts. Simultaneous with the enrollment and conditional placement of the student, the local education agency in the receiving state shall request the student's official education records from the local education agency in the sending state. Upon receipt of this request, the local education agency in the sending state shall process and furnish the official education records to the local education agency in the receiving state within 10 days or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission.
115.997(4)(c) (c) Immunizations. A member state shall give 30 days from the date of enrollment, or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission, for a student to obtain any immunization required by the receiving state. For a series of immunizations, initial vaccinations must be obtained within 30 days or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the interstate commission.
115.997(4)(d) (d) Kindergarten and first grade entrance age. A student shall be allowed to continue his or her enrollment at the grade level in the receiving state commensurate with his or her grade level, including kindergarten, from a local education agency in the sending state at the time of transition, regardless of age. A student who has satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in the local education agency in the sending state shall be eligible for enrollment in the next highest grade level in the receiving state, regardless of age. A student transferring after the start of the school year in the receiving state shall enter the local education agency in the receiving state on his or her validated level from a local education agency in the sending state.
115.997(5) (5)Article V — Placement and attendance.
115.997(5)(a)(a) Course placement. When a student transfers before or during the school year, the local education agency in the receiving state shall initially honor placement of the student in educational courses based on the student's enrollment in the local education agency in the sending state or educational assessments conducted at the local education agency in the sending state if the courses are offered. Course placement includes honors, international baccalaureate, advanced placement, vocational, technical, and career pathways courses. Continuing the student's academic program from the previous local education agency and promoting placement in academically and career challenging courses should be paramount when considering placement. This does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in a course.
115.997(5)(b) (b) Educational program placement. The local education agency in the receiving state shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs, including gifted and talented programs and English as a second language programs, based on current educational assessments conducted at the local education agency in the sending state or participation or placement in like programs in the local education agency in the sending state. This paragraph does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
115.997(5)(c) (c) Special education services.
115.997(5)(c)1.1. In compliance with the requirements of 20 USC 1400 to 1482, the local education agency in the receiving state shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on his or her current individualized education program.
115.997(5)(c)2. 2. In compliance with the requirements of 29 USC 794 and with 42 USC 12131 to 12165, the local education agency in the receiving state shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing plan prepared under 29 USC 794 or 42 USC 12131 to 12165, to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the local education agency in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.
115.997(5)(d) (d) Placement flexibility. Local education agency administrative officials shall have flexibility in waiving course or program prerequisites or other preconditions for placement in a course or program offered under the jurisdiction of the local education agency.
115.997(5)(e) (e) Absence as related to deployment activities. Each local education agency shall adopt a policy relating to excusing a child of a military family who moved to the local education agency from another state from school attendance in order to visit his or her parent or guardian who is on active duty and has been called to duty for or is on leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting within the past 30 days.
115.997(6) (6)Article VI — Eligibility.
115.997(6)(a)(a) Eligibility for enrollment.
115.997(6)(a)1.1. A local education agency is prohibited from charging tuition to a child of a military family placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in the place of a parent who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent.
115.997(6)(a)2. 2. A child of a military family who has been placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in the place of a parent who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent may continue to attend the school in which he or she was enrolled while residing with the custodial parent.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)