118.50(1)(b) (b) The grade levels in each school district that are subject to the agreement.
118.50(1)(c) (c) Subject to sub. (2m), the annual amount that the school board of a pupil's resident school district pays to the school board of the school district that the pupil attends under the agreement.
118.50(1)(d) (d) Which school board grants diplomas to pupils who, under the agreement, graduate from high school in a school district other than the pupil's resident school district.
118.50(1)(e) (e) Which school board is responsible for pupil records, as defined in s. 118.125 (1) (d), for pupils, who under the agreement, attend school in a school district other than the pupil's resident school district.
118.50(2) (2)Procedure.
118.50(2)(a)(a) A school board may not enter into, extend, or renew a whole grade sharing agreement after January 10 of the school year preceding the school year in which the agreement, extension, or renewal takes effect.
118.50(2)(b) (b) At least 150 days before entering into, extending, or renewing a whole grade sharing agreement, the school board shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to do so. Within 10 days after adoption of the resolution, the school district clerk shall publish notice of the adoption of the resolution as a class 1 notice under ch. 985 in a newspaper published in the school district or post a notice of the adoption of the resolution as provided in s. 10.05.
118.50(2)(c) (c) Within 30 days after publication or posting, a petition signed by at least 20 percent of the electors residing in the school district may be filed with the school board requesting a feasibility study of the agreement. Upon receiving the petition, the school board shall contract with an organization approved by the department to conduct the feasibility study. If a feasibility study is required under this paragraph, the school board may not enter into, extend, or renew a whole grade sharing agreement until it receives the results of the study. The school board shall post the results of the feasibility study on the school district's Internet site.
118.50(2)(d) (d) At least 30 days before entering into, extending, or renewing a whole grade sharing agreement, the school board shall hold a public hearing in the school district at which the proposed agreement is described and at which any school district elector may comment on the proposed agreement. Two or more school boards that will be parties to the agreement may hold a joint public hearing in one of the school districts.
118.50(2)(e) (e) No later than 10 days after entering into, extending, or renewing a whole grade sharing agreement, the school district clerk shall file with the state superintendent a certified copy of the whole grade sharing agreement.
118.50(2m) (2m)Pupils with disabilities.
118.50(2m)(a)(a) Under a whole grade sharing agreement, for each pupil with an individualized education program that is in effect, the school board of the school district in which the pupil resides shall pay the school board of the nonresident school district in which the pupil attends school under the whole grade sharing agreement the following amount:
118.50(2m)(a)1. 1. In the 2016-17 school year, $12,000.
118.50(2m)(a)2. 2. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the sum of the per pupil amount under this paragraph for the previous school year; the amount of the per pupil revenue limit adjustment under s. 121.91 (2m) for the current school year, if positive; and the change in the amount of statewide categorical aid per pupil between the previous school year and the current school year, as determined under s. 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p., if positive.
118.50(2m)(b) (b) If a pupil with an individualized education program that is in effect attends school in a nonresident school district under a whole grade sharing agreement for less than a full school term, the resident school board shall prorate the payment amount under par. (a) based on the number of days that school is in session during that school term and number of days the pupil attends school in the nonresident school district during that school term.
118.50(3) (3)Transportation.
118.50(3)(a)(a) A pupil's resident school board is responsible for transporting the pupil to and from the school the pupil attends during the school term under a whole grade sharing agreement, unless the whole grade sharing agreement provides otherwise.
118.50(3)(b)1.1. Subject to subd. 2., a whole grade sharing agreement shall specify which participating school board is responsible for transporting pupils to attend summer school classes.
118.50(3)(b)2. 2. If a school board provides transportation to attend summer school classes in the school district to pupils who reside in the school district, the school board shall provide transportation to attend summer school classes in the school district to pupils who do not reside in the school district who are attending summer school classes in the school district under a whole grade sharing agreement.
118.50(3)(c) (c) If, under a whole grade sharing agreement, a school board provides transportation for fewer than all pupils, there shall be reasonable uniformity in the minimum and maximum distances pupils are transported.
118.50(4) (4)Attendance areas. If a school board enters into a whole grade sharing agreement that designates more than one school district for the attendance of its pupils, the school board shall establish attendance areas within the school district for determining the school districts of attendance of the pupils.
118.50(5) (5)Rights and privileges of nonresident pupils; participation in programs.
118.50(5)(a)(a) Except as provided in s. 118.134 (3m), a pupil attending a public school in a nonresident school district under this section has all of the rights and privileges of pupils residing in that school district and is subject to the same rules and regulations as pupils residing in that school district.
118.50(5)(b) (b) A pupil attending a public school in a nonresident school district under this section is considered a resident of the nonresident school district for the purposes of participating in programs of a cooperative educational service agency or a county children with disabilities education board.
118.50(6) (6)Full-time open enrollment in a participating nonresident school district. If a whole grade sharing agreement provides for a pupil to attend a grade in a nonresident school district in which the pupil is attending school under s. 118.51, the pupil's status as a pupil attending the nonresident school district under s. 118.51 is suspended for the school year the pupil is enrolled in the grade that is subject to the whole grade sharing agreement. This subsection does not prevent a pupil from continuing to attend the nonresident school district in succeeding school years without reapplying, as provided under s. 118.51 (3) (c).
118.50(7) (7)School district reorganization. A whole grade sharing agreement entered into under this section is not an order of school district reorganization under ch. 117.
118.50(8) (8) The department may promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
118.50 History History: 2015 a. 55.
118.51 118.51 Full-time open enrollment.
118.51(1) (1)Definitions. In this section:
118.51(1)(ad) (ad) “Charter school" excludes a school under contract with an entity under s. 118.40 (2r) (b) or the director under s. 118.40 (2x).
118.51(1)(ag) (ag) “Child with a disability" has the meaning given in s. 115.76 (5).
118.51(1)(am) (am) “Habitual truant" has the meaning given in s. 118.16 (1) (a).
118.51(1)(b) (b) “Nonresident school board" means the school board of a nonresident school district.
118.51(1)(c) (c) “Nonresident school district" means a school district, other than a pupil's resident school district, that the pupil is attending or has applied to attend under this section.
118.51(1)(d) (d) “Parent" includes a guardian.
118.51(1)(e) (e) “Resident school board" means the school board of a resident school district.
118.51(1)(f) (f) “Resident school district" means the school district in which a pupil resides.
118.51(2) (2)Applicability. Except as provided in s. 118.50 (6), a pupil may attend a public school, including a charter school, prekindergarten, 4-year-old kindergarten, or early childhood or school-operated child care program, in a nonresident school district under this section, except that a pupil may attend a prekindergarten, 4-year-old kindergarten, or early childhood or school-operated child care program in a nonresident school district only if the pupil's resident school district offers the same type of program that the pupil wishes to attend and the pupil is eligible to attend that program in his or her resident school district.
118.51(3) (3)Application procedures. Except as provided under sub. (3m), the following procedures govern pupil applications to attend a public school in a nonresident school district under this section:
118.51(3)(a) (a) Submission and acceptance or rejection.
118.51(3)(a)1.1. The parent of a pupil who wishes to attend a public school in a nonresident school district under this section shall submit an application, on a form provided by the department under sub. (15) (a), to the school board of the nonresident school district that the pupil wishes to attend, not earlier than the first Monday in February and not later than the last weekday in April of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the pupil wishes to attend. Applications may be submitted to no more than 3 nonresident school boards in any school year. The nonresident school board shall send a copy of the application to the pupil's resident school board and the department by the end of the first weekday following the last weekday in April. The application may include a request to attend a specific school or program offered by the nonresident school district.
118.51(3)(a)1m. 1m. By the first Friday following the first Monday in May, the resident school board shall send to the nonresident school district a copy of the individualized education program developed under s. 115.787 (2) for a child with a disability whose parent submitted an application under subd. 1.
118.51(3)(a)2. 2. A nonresident school board may not act on any application received under subd. 1. before May 1. If a nonresident school board receives more applications for a particular grade or program than there are spaces available in the grade or program, the nonresident school board shall determine which pupils to accept, including pupils accepted from a waiting list under sub. (5) (d), on a random basis, after giving preference to pupils and to siblings of pupils who are already attending the nonresident school district and, if the nonresident school district is a union high school district, to pupils who are attending an underlying elementary school district of the nonresident school district under this section. If a nonresident school board determines that space is not otherwise available for open enrollment pupils in the grade or program to which an individual has applied, the school board may nevertheless accept a pupil or the sibling of a pupil who is already attending the nonresident school district and, if the nonresident school district is a union high school district, a pupil who is attending an underlying elementary school district of the nonresident school district under this section.
118.51(3)(a)3. 3. Except as provided under sub. (5) (d) 1., on or before the first Friday following the first Monday in June following receipt of the application, the nonresident school board shall notify the applicant, in writing, whether it has accepted the application. If the nonresident school board has accepted the applicant, the school board shall identify the specific school or program that the applicant may attend in the following school year. If the nonresident school board rejects an application, it shall include in the notice the reason for the rejection.
118.51(3)(a)4. 4. On or before the 2nd Friday following the first Monday in June following receipt of a copy of the application, if a resident school board denies a pupil's enrollment in a nonresident school district under sub. (6) or (7), the resident school board shall notify the applicant and the nonresident school board, in writing, that the application has been denied and include in the notice the reason for the denial.
118.51(3)(a)6. 6. Except as provided in sub. (5) (d) 2., if an application is accepted, on or before the last Friday in June following receipt of a notice of acceptance, or within 10 days of receiving a notice of acceptance if a pupil is selected from a waiting list under sub. (5) (d), the pupil's parent shall notify the nonresident school board of the pupil's intent to attend school in that school district in the following school year.
118.51(3)(b) (b) Notice to resident school district. Annually by July 7, each nonresident school board that has accepted a pupil under this section for attendance in the following school year shall report the name of the pupil to the pupil's resident school board.
118.51(3)(c) (c) Subsequent reapplication; when required.
118.51(3)(c)1.1. If a pupil's parent notifies a nonresident school board, under par. (a) 6., that the pupil intends to attend school in that school district in the following school year, the pupil may attend that school district in the following school year and may continue to attend that school district in succeeding school years without reapplying, except that the nonresident school board may require that the pupil reapply, no more than once, when the pupil enters middle school, junior high school or high school.
118.51(3)(c)2. 2. If at any time a pupil who is attending school in a nonresident school district under this section wishes to attend school in a different nonresident school district under this section, the pupil's parent shall follow the application procedures under par. (a).
118.51(3m) (3m)Alternative application procedures under certain circumstances.
118.51(3m)(a)(a) Notwithstanding sub. (3), the parent of a pupil who wishes to attend a public school in a nonresident school district under this section may, in lieu of applying under sub. (3), submit an application under this subsection, on a form provided by the department under sub. (15) (a), to the school board of the nonresident school district that the pupil wants to attend if the pupil satisfies at least one of the criteria under par. (b). Applications may be submitted to no more than 3 nonresident school boards in any school year.
118.51(3m)(b) (b) The parent of a pupil may apply under this subsection only if the pupil meets one of the following criteria, and shall describe the criteria that the pupil meets in the application:
118.51(3m)(b)1. 1. The resident school board determines that the pupil has been the victim of a violent criminal offense, as defined by the department by rule. An application made on the basis of this criteria is not valid unless the nonresident school board receives the application within 30 days after the determination of the resident school board.
118.51(3m)(b)2. 2. The pupil is or has been a homeless pupil in the current or immediately preceding school year. In this subdivision, “homeless pupil" means an individual who is included in the category of homeless children and youths, as defined in 42 USC 11434a (2).
118.51(3m)(b)3. 3. The pupil has been the victim of repeated bullying or harassment and all of the following apply:
118.51(3m)(b)3.a. a. The pupil's parent has reported the bullying or harassment to the resident school board.
118.51(3m)(b)3.b. b. Despite action taken under subd. 3. a., the repeated bullying and harassment continues.
118.51(3m)(b)4. 4. The place of residence of the pupil's parent or guardian and of the pupil has changed as a result of military orders. An application made on the basis of this criteria is not valid unless the nonresident school board receives the application no later than 30 days after the date on which the military orders changing the place of residence were issued.
118.51(3m)(b)5. 5. The pupil moved into this state. An application made on the basis of this criteria is not valid unless the nonresident school board receives the application no later than 30 days after moving into this state.
118.51(3m)(b)6. 6. The place of residence of the pupil has changed as a result of a court order or custody agreement or because the pupil was placed in a foster home or with a person other than the pupil's parent, or removed from a foster home or from the home of a person other than the pupil's parent. An application made on the basis of this criteria is not valid unless the nonresident school board receives the application no later than 30 days after the pupil's change in residence.
118.51(3m)(b)7. 7. The parent of the pupil, the resident school board, and the nonresident school board agree that attending school in the nonresident school district is in the best interests of the pupil.
118.51(3m)(b)8. 8. The parent of the pupil and the nonresident school board agree that attending school in the nonresident school district is in the best interests of the pupil. If the resident school board notifies the parent of the pupil who applies under this subdivision that the pupil may not attend the nonresident school district, the parent may appeal the resident school district's decision to the department and must explain in the appeal why the pupil applied to attend school in the nonresident school district. The resident school district must respond to the appeal and provide an explanation for rejecting the pupil's transfer into the nonresident school district. If the department determines that the resident school district's decision to deny the pupil's transfer into the nonresident school district is not in the best interests of the pupil, the department shall notify the resident and nonresident school districts and the pupil's parent that the pupil may attend the nonresident school district. The department's determination under this subdivision is final.
118.51(3m)(c) (c) If a nonresident school board receives an application under par. (a), the nonresident school board shall immediately forward a copy of the application to the resident school board, and shall notify the applicant, in writing, whether it has accepted the application no later than 20 days after receiving the application. If the nonresident school board has accepted the application, the nonresident school board shall identify the specific school or program that the pupil may attend.
118.51(3m)(d) (d) A resident school district may notify an applicant under par. (a) that the pupil may not attend a school or program in the nonresident school district only if the resident school district determines that the criteria relied on by the applicant under par. (b) does not apply to the pupil.
118.51(3m)(e) (e) If an application is accepted by the nonresident school board under par. (c), the pupil may immediately begin attending the school or program in the nonresident school district and shall begin attending the school or program no later than the 15th day following receipt by the parent of the pupil of the notice of acceptance under par. (c). If the pupil has not enrolled in or attended school in the nonresident school district by the day specified in this paragraph, the nonresident school district may notify the pupil's parent, in writing, that the pupil is no longer authorized to attend the school or program in the nonresident school district.
118.51(4) (4)Adoption of policies and criteria.
118.51(4)(a)(a) By February 1, 1998, each school board shall adopt a resolution specifying all of the following:
118.51(4)(a)1. 1. Its reapplication requirements, if any, under sub. (3) (c) 1.
118.51(4)(a)2. 2. Its acceptance and rejection criteria under sub. (5) (a) and (b).
118.51(4)(a)3. 3. A statement of the preference required under sub. (3) (a) 2.
118.51(4)(a)4. 4. Its transfer limitations, if any, under sub. (6).
118.51(4)(a)5. 5. If the school district is eligible for aid under subch. VI of ch. 121, the limitation on transfers into or out of the school district imposed by the school board under sub. (7).
118.51(4)(a)6. 6. Whether it will provide transportation under s. 121.54 (10) for some or all of the pupils who reside in the school district and attend school in a nonresident school district under this section or for some or all of the pupils who reside in other school districts and attend its schools under this section, and the means, under s. 121.55, by which it will provide such transportation.
118.51(4)(b) (b) If the school board revises its criteria or policies under par. (a), it shall do so by resolution.
118.51(5) (5)Nonresident school district acceptance criteria.
118.51(5)(a)(a) Permissible criteria. Except as provided in sub. (3) (a) 2., the criteria for accepting and rejecting applications from nonresident pupils under subs. (3) (a) and (3m) (a) may include only the following:
118.51(5)(a)1. 1. The availability of space in the schools, programs, classes, or grades within the nonresident school district. The nonresident school board shall determine the number of regular education and special education spaces available within the school district in the January meeting of the school board, except that for the 2011-12 school year the board shall determine the number of regular education and special education spaces available within the school district in the February meeting of the school board. In determining the availability of space, the nonresident school board may consider criteria such as class size limits, pupil-teacher ratios, or enrollment projections established by the nonresident school board and may include in its count of occupied spaces all of the following:
118.51(5)(a)1.a. a. Pupils attending the school district for whom tuition is paid under s. 121.78 (1) (a).
118.51(5)(a)1.b. b. Pupils and siblings of pupils who have applied under sub. (3) (a) or (3m) (a) and are already attending the nonresident school district.
118.51(5)(a)1.c. c. If the nonresident school district is a union high school district, pupils who have applied under sub. (3) (a) or (3m) (a) and are currently attending an underlying elementary school district of the nonresident school district under this section.
118.51(5)(a)2. 2. Whether the pupil has been expelled from school by any school district during the current or 2 preceding school years for any of the following reasons or whether a disciplinary proceeding involving the pupil, which is based on any of the following reasons, is pending:
118.51(5)(a)2.a. a. Conveying or causing to be conveyed any threat or false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any school property by means of explosives.
118.51(5)(a)2.b. b. Engaging in conduct while at school or while under supervision of a school authority that endangered the health, safety or property of others.
118.51(5)(a)2.c. c. Engaging in conduct while not at school or while not under the supervision of a school authority that endangered the health, safety or property of others at school or under the supervision of a school authority or of any employee of the school district or member of the school board.
118.51(5)(a)2.d. d. Possessing a dangerous weapon, as defined in s. 939.22 (10), while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority.
118.51(5)(a)3. 3. Whether the nonresident school board determined that the pupil was habitually truant from the nonresident school district during any semester of attendance at the nonresident school district in the current or previous school year.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 57 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 12, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 12, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-12-17)