118.60 118.60 Parental choice program for eligible school districts and other school districts.
118.60(1) (1) In this section:
118.60(1)(ab) (ab) "Accrediting entity" means Wisconsin North Central Association, Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, National Lutheran School Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, the diocese or archdiocese within which a private school is located, and any other organization recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
118.60(1)(ad) (ad) "Administrator" means the superintendent, supervising principal, executive director, or other person who acts as the administrative head of a private school participating in the program under this section.
118.60(1)(af) (af) "Disqualified organization" means an accrediting organization that is not an accrediting entity or a member of or otherwise sanctioned by an accrediting entity.
118.60(1)(ag) (ag) "Disqualified person" means a person who, when a private school was barred or terminated from participation in the program under this section by an order issued under sub. (10), satisfied at least one of the following:
118.60(1)(ag)1. 1. Had a controlling ownership interest in, or was the administrator or an officer, director, or trustee of, the private school.
118.60(1)(ag)2. 2. Was a person designated by the administrator of the private school to assist in processing pupil applications.
118.60(1)(ag)3. 3. Was responsible for an action or circumstance that led to the private school being barred or terminated from participation in the program under this section.
118.60(1)(am) (am) "Eligible school district" means a school district that, subject to sub. (1m), satisfies all of the following:
118.60(1)(am)1. 1. The school district's equalized value per member, as determined in accordance with s. 121.15 (4) on October 15 of the 2nd fiscal year of the current fiscal biennium for the distribution of equalization aid in that year, is no more than 80 percent of the statewide average.
118.60(1)(am)2. 2. The school district's shared cost per member, as determined in accordance with s. 121.07 on October 15 of the 2nd fiscal year of the current fiscal biennium, for the distribution of aid in that year is no more than 91 percent of the statewide average.
118.60(1)(am)3. 3. The school district is eligible, in the 2nd fiscal year of the current fiscal biennium, to receive aid under s. 121.136.
118.60(1)(am)4. 4. The school district is located in whole or in part in a city of the 2nd class.
118.60(1)(bn)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., "new private school" means a school that qualifies as a private school under s. 115.001 (3r) and that satisfies either of the following:
118.60(1)(bn)1.a. a. The school has been in continuous operation in this state for less than 12 consecutive months.
118.60(1)(bn)1.b. b. The school provides education to fewer than 40 pupils divided into 2 or fewer grades.
118.60(1)(bn)2. 2. "New private school" does not include a private school the governing body of which operates or manages a private school that is participating in the program under this section or under s. 119.23 if all of the following apply:
118.60(1)(bn)2.a. a. No payment has been withheld from any private school operated or managed by the governing body under sub. (10) (d) or s. 119.23 (10) (d) in the 3 immediately preceding school years.
118.60(1)(bn)2.b. b. No order barring any private school operated or managed by the governing body from participating in the program under this section or s. 119.23 has been issued under sub. (10) (a), (am), (ar), or (b) or under s. 119.23 (10) (a), (am), (ar), or (b) in the 3 immediately preceding school years.
118.60(1)(c) (c) "Preaccreditation" means the review and approval of an educational plan. Review of an education plan includes consideration of whether the school submitting the plan meets the requirements under s. 118.165 (1). The fact that a private school has obtained preaccreditation does not require an accrediting entity to accredit the private school.
118.60(1)(cm) (cm) "Preaccrediting entity" means the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, Wisconsin North Central Association, Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, National Lutheran School Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, and the diocese or archdiocese within which a private school is located.
118.60(1)(d) (d) "Progress records" has the meaning given in s. 118.125 (1) (c).
118.60(1)(g) (g) "Teacher" means a person who has primary responsibility for the academic instruction of pupils.
118.60(1m) (1m) By November 15 of the 2nd fiscal year of each fiscal biennium, the department shall prepare a list that identifies eligible school districts. The department shall post the list on the department's Internet site and shall notify in writing the school district clerk of each eligible school district. A school district that has qualified as an eligible school district under this section on April 20, 2012, shall remain an eligible school district, but no school district may qualify as an eligible school district after April 20, 2012.
118.60(2) (2)
118.60(2)(a)(a) Subject to pars. (ag) and (ar), any pupil in grades kindergarten to 12 who resides within an eligible school district may attend any private school under this section and, subject to pars. (ag), (ar), (be), (bm), and (bs), any pupil in grades kindergarten to 12 who resides in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, may attend any private school under this section if all of the following apply:
118.60(2)(a)1.a.a. Except as provided in par. (bm), the pupil is a member of a family that has a total family income that does not exceed an amount equal to 3.0 times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget. In this subdivision and sub. (3m), family income includes income of the pupil's parents or legal guardians. Except as provided in subd. 1. c., the family income of the pupil shall be verified as provided in subd. 1. b. A pupil attending a private school under this section whose family income increases may continue to attend a private school under this section.
118.60(2)(a)1.b. b. The private school submits to the department of public instruction the names, addresses, social security numbers, and other state and federal tax identification numbers, if any, of the pupil's parents or legal guardians that reside in the same household as the pupil, whether and to whom the parents or legal guardians are married, the names of all of the other members of the pupil's family residing in the same household as the pupil, and the school year for which family income is being verified under this subd. 1. b. The department of revenue shall review the information submitted under this subd. 1. b. and shall verify the eligibility or ineligibility of the pupil to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income. In this subdivision, "family income" means federal adjusted gross income of the parents or legal guardians residing in the same household as the pupil for the tax year preceding the school year for which family income is being verified under this subd. 1. b. or, if not available, for the tax year preceding the tax year preceding the school year for which family income is being verified under this subd. 1. b. Family income for a family in which the pupil's parents are married or in which the pupil's legal guardians are married shall be reduced by $7,000 before the verification is made under this subd. 1. b. The department of revenue may take no other action on the basis of the information submitted under this subd. 1. b. If the department of revenue is unable to verify family income or to verify whether the pupil is eligible or ineligible to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income, the department of revenue shall notify the department of public instruction of this fact and the department of public instruction shall utilize an alternative process, to be established by the department of public instruction, to determine whether the pupil is eligible to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income. The department of public instruction may not request any additional verification of income from the family of a pupil once the department of revenue has verified that the pupil is eligible to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income. The department of public instruction shall establish a procedure for determining family income eligibility for those pupils for whom no social security number or state or federal tax identification number has been provided.
118.60(2)(a)1.c. c. The family income of a pupil does not need to be verified under subd. 1. b. for a pupil who resided in a school district other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district in a school year, attended a participating private school in a school district other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district under the program under this section in that school year, and applies to attend a participating private school in any other school district in the school year immediately following that school year.
118.60(2)(a)2. 2. For a pupil that resides in an eligible school district, the pupil satisfies one or more of the following:
118.60(2)(a)2.a. a. The pupil was enrolled in a public school in an eligible school district in the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2.b. b. The pupil was not enrolled in school in the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2.c. c. The pupil attended a private school under this section in the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2.d. d. The pupil is applying to attend kindergarten, first grade, or 9th grade in a private school participating in the program under this section.
118.60(2)(a)2m. 2m. For a pupil who resides in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, that begins participating in the program under this section in the 2016-17 school year or any school year thereafter, the pupil satisfies one or more of the following:
118.60(2)(a)2m.a. a. The pupil was enrolled in a public school in the school district in which the pupil resides during the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2m.b. b. The pupil was not enrolled in school in the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2m.c. c. The pupil attended a private school under this section in the previous school year.
118.60(2)(a)2m.d. d. The pupil is applying to kindergarten, first grade, or 9th grade in a private school participating in the program under this section.
118.60(2)(a)3.a.a. Except as provided in subd. 3. b. and c. and par. (ag) 1., the private school notified the state superintendent of its intent to participate in the program under this section or in the program under s. 119.23, and paid the nonrefundable fee, set by the department as required under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 3., by January 10 of the previous school year. The notice shall specify the number of pupils participating in the program under this section and in the program under s. 119.23 for which the school has space.
118.60(2)(a)3.b. b. For a private school that intends to participate in the program under this section in an eligible school district identified under 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, section 9137 (3u), the private school notified the state superintendent of its intent to participate, and paid the nonrefundable fee set by the department under subd. 3. a. by August 1, 2011. The notice shall specify the number of pupils participating in the program under this section for which the school has space.
118.60(2)(a)3.c. c. For a private school that intends to participate in the program under this section and to accept pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, in the 2013-14 school year, the private school notified the state superintendent of its intent to participate and paid the nonrefundable fee set by the department as required under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 3. by July 26, 2013. The private school shall include an electronic mail address on the notice of intent to participate and shall specify the number of pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, for which the school has space. The department shall notify the private school that it has received the notice of intent to participate in writing and by electronic mail by July 31, 2013.
118.60(2)(a)3g. 3g. By May 1 before the first term of participation in the program under this section, the private school submits to the department, on a form provided by the department, a complete anticipated budget for the first fiscal period of participation in the program under this section. The governing body shall include on the completed form anticipated enrollments for all pupils enrolled in the private school and for pupils enrolled in the private school under this section; estimated revenues and costs; a schedule of anticipated beginning and ending net choice program assets; and a schedule of monthly cash flow requirements. The governing body shall include in the budget contingent funding sources the private school will use in the event that actual enrollments are less than expected.
118.60(2)(a)4. 4. The private school complies with 42 USC 2000d.
118.60(2)(a)5. 5. The private school meets all health and safety laws or codes that apply to public schools.
118.60(2)(a)6.a.a. Except as provided in subd. 6. c. and d., all of the private school's teachers have a teaching license issued by the department or a bachelor's degree or a degree or educational credential higher than a bachelor's degree, including a masters or doctorate, from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education.
118.60(2)(a)6.b. b. All of the private school's administrators have at least a bachelor's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution of higher education or a teaching license or administrator's license issued by the department.
118.60(2)(a)6.c. c. Any teacher employed by the private school on July 1 of the first school year that begins after a school district is identified as an eligible school district under sub. (1m) or 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, section 9137 (3u), who has been teaching for at least the 5 consecutive years immediately preceding that July 1, and who does not satisfy the requirements under subd. 6. a. on that July 1, applies to the department on a form prepared by the department for a temporary, nonrenewable waiver from the requirements under subd. 6. a. The department shall promulgate rules to implement this subd. 6. c., including the form of the application and the process by which the waiver application will be reviewed. The application form shall require the applicant to submit a plan for satisfying the requirements under subd. 6. a., including the name of the accredited institution of higher education at which the teacher is pursuing or will pursue the bachelor's degree and the anticipated date on which the teacher expects to complete the bachelor's degree. No waiver granted under this subd. 6. c. is valid after July 31 of the 5th school year that begins after a school district is identified as an eligible school district under sub. (1m) or 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, section 9137 (3u).
118.60(2)(a)6.d. d. Any teacher employed on July 1, 2013, by a private school that accepts pupils under the program who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, who has been teaching for at least the 5 consecutive years immediately preceding that July 1, and who does not satisfy the requirements under subd. 6. a. on that July 1, applies to the department on a form prepared by the department for a temporary, nonrenewable waiver from the requirements under subd. 6. a. The department shall promulgate rules to implement this subd. 6. d., including the form of the application and the process by which the waiver application will be reviewed. The application form shall require the applicant to submit a plan for satisfying the requirements under subd. 6. a., including the name of the accredited institution of higher education at which the teacher is pursuing or will pursue the bachelor's degree and the anticipated date on which the teacher expects to complete the bachelor's degree. No waiver granted under this subd. 6. d. is valid after July 31 of the 5th school year that begins after July 1, 2013.
118.60(2)(a)7.a.a. For a private school that was a first-time participant in the program under this section before April 10, 2014, and that is not accredited by an accrediting entity, the private school obtains accreditation from an accrediting entity by December 31 of the 3rd school year following the first school year in which the private school began participating in the program under this section. If the private school is accredited under this subd. 7. a., the private school is not required to obtain preaccreditation under subd. 7. b. as a prerequisite to providing instruction under this section in additional grades or in an additional or new school.
118.60(2)(a)7.b. b. Each private school that begins participation in the program under this section on or after April 10, 2014, and that is not accredited by an accrediting entity, shall obtain preaccreditation by a preaccrediting entity by August 1 before the first school term in which the private school begins participation in the program under this section, or by May 1 if the private school begins participating in the program during summer school. In any school year, a private school to which this subd. 7. b. applies may apply for and seek to obtain preaccreditation from only one preaccrediting entity. A private school to which this subd. 7. b. applies that fails to obtain preaccreditation as required under this subd. 7. b. may not participate in the program under this section or under s. 119.23 until preaccreditation has been obtained, but the private school may apply for and seek to obtain preaccreditation from a preaccrediting entity for the following school year.
118.60(2)(a)7.c. c. A private school to which subd. 7. b. applies shall apply for accreditation by an accrediting entity by December 31 of the first school year that begins after April 10, 2014, in which the private school begins participation in the program under this section, and shall achieve accreditation by an accrediting entity by December 31 of the 3rd school year following the first school year in which the private school begins participation in the program under this section. If the private school is accredited under this subd. 7. c., the private school is not required to obtain preaccreditation under subd. 7. b. as a prerequisite to providing instruction under this section in additional grades or in an additional or new school.
118.60(2)(a)8. 8. Notwithstanding s. 118.165 (1) (c), the private school annually provides at least 1,050 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1 to 6 and at least 1,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12. Hours provided under this subdivision include recess and time for pupils to transfer between classes but do not include the lunch periods.
118.60(2)(ag) (ag) The governing body of a new private school shall comply with all of the following before the new private school may participate in the program under this section:
118.60(2)(ag)1. 1. By August 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, complete and submit to the department the following on forms provided by the department:
118.60(2)(ag)1.a. a. A notice of intent to participate and agreement to comply with procedural requirements.
118.60(2)(ag)1.b. b. A complete anticipated budget for the first fiscal period of participation in the program under this section showing that the private school will have a positive cash flow in each month of the fiscal period and no operating deficit. The governing body shall include on the completed form anticipated enrollments for all pupils enrolled in the new private school and for pupils enrolled in the new private school under this section; estimated revenues and costs; a schedule of anticipated beginning and ending net choice program assets; and a schedule of monthly cash flow requirements. The governing body shall include in the budget contingent funding sources the new private school will use in the event that actual enrollments are less than expected.
118.60(2)(ag)1.c. c. The nonrefundable fee established by the department, as required under s. 119.23 (2) (a) 3., for the school year in which the fee is paid by the new private school. If the amount of the fee paid by the new private school under this subd. 1. c. increases for the school year in which the new private school will first participate in the program under this section, the new private school shall pay the difference between the fee paid and the fee due to the department. If the amount of the fee paid by the new private school under this subd. 1. c. decreases for the school year in which the new private school will first participate in the program under this section, the department shall refund the new private school the difference between the fee paid and the fee due to the department.
118.60(2)(ag)2.a.a. By August 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, submit to the department the information required under sub. (6m) (a) and (c).
118.60(2)(ag)2.b. b. If, at the time the new private school submits the information required under subd. 2. a., the new private school does not have a physical property within which the private school intends to operate, submit a mailing address of an administrator of the private school.
118.60(2)(ag)3. 3. By August 1 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, submit to the department a statement indicating which of the standards under sub. (7) (a) the private school intends to meet.
118.60(2)(ag)4. 4. Notwithstanding the deadline to obtain preaccreditation under sub. (2) (a) 7. b., by December 15 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, obtain preaccreditation from a preaccrediting entity.
118.60(2)(ag)5. 5. By August 1 of the first school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department that the new private school has contracted with a 3rd-party payroll service that will remit federal and state payroll taxes for each employee of the new private school for the duration of the school year.
118.60(2)(ar) (ar) By December 31 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in which a new private school intends to participate in the program under this section, the department shall notify the new private school in writing whether it has satisfied those requirements under par. (ag) that must be satisfied before December 31. If the department determines that the new private school has not satisfied those requirements, the new private school may not participate in the program under this section in the following school year, but may reinitiate the process under par. (ag) for the next following school year.
118.60(2)(be)1.1. In this paragraph:
118.60(2)(be)1.a. a. "Applicable percentage" means, for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, 1 percent, and for each school year beginning with the 2017-18 school year and ending with the 2025-26 school year, the applicable percentage for the previous school year plus one percentage point.
118.60(2)(be)1.b. b. "Membership" has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (5).
118.60(2)(be)1.c. c. "Pupil participation limit" means a school district's membership in the previous school year multiplied by the applicable percentage for the current school year.
118.60(2)(be)2. 2. Beginning with the 2015-16 school year and ending with the 2025-26 school year, the total number of pupils residing in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, who may attend a private school under this section during a school year may not exceed the school district's pupil participation limit for that school year.
118.60(2)(be)3. 3. Beginning with the 2026-27 school year, there is no limit on the number of pupils who may attend private schools under this section.
118.60(2)(bm) (bm) No pupil who resides in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, may attend a participating private school under this section unless the pupil is a member of a family that has a total family income that does not exceed an amount equal to 1.85 times the poverty level, determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget. In this paragraph and sub. (3m), family income includes income of the pupil's parents or legal guardians. The family income of the pupil shall be verified as provided in par. (a) 1. b. A pupil attending a private school under this section whose family income increases may continue to attend a private school under this section.
118.60(2)(bs) (bs) In the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, a private school may accept pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, under this section only if the private school has been continually operating as a private school since May 1, 2013.
118.60(2)(c)1.1. Notwithstanding par. (a) 6., a teacher employed by a private school participating in the program under this section who teaches only courses in rabbinical studies is not required to have a bachelor's degree.
118.60(2)(c)2. 2. Notwithstanding par. (a) 6., an administrator of a private school participating in the program under this section that prepares and trains pupils attending the school in rabbinical studies is not required to have a bachelor's degree.
118.60(3) (3)
118.60(3)(a)(a) The pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian shall submit an application, on a form provided by the state superintendent, to the participating private school that the pupil wishes to attend. If more than one pupil from the same family applies to attend the same private school, the pupils may use a single application. Within 60 days after receiving the application, the private school shall notify each applicant, in writing, whether his or her application has been accepted. If the private school rejects an application, the notice shall include the reason. Subject to par. (ar), a private school may reject an applicant only if it has reached its maximum general capacity or seating capacity. Except as provided in par. (ar), the state superintendent shall ensure that the private school determines which pupils to accept on a random basis, except that the private school may give preference to the following in accepting applications, in the order of preference listed:
118.60(3)(a)1m. 1m. Pupils who attended the private school under this section during the previous school year.
118.60(3)(a)2m. 2m. Siblings of pupils described in subd. 1m.
118.60(3)(a)3. 3. Pupils who attended a different private school under this section or s. 119.23 during the previous school year.
118.60(3)(a)4. 4. Siblings of pupils described under subd. 3.
118.60(3)(a)5. 5. Siblings of those pupils who have been randomly accepted to attend the private school under this section and who did not attend a private school under this section or s. 119.23 during the previous school year.
118.60(3)(ar)1.1. In the 2015-16 school year and any school year thereafter, a private school that has submitted a notice of intent to participate under sub. (2) (a) 3. a. may accept applications for the following school year between February 1 and April 20 from pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district.
118.60(3)(ar)2. 2. By May 1, 2016, and by May 1 of any school year thereafter, each private school that received applications under subd. 1. shall report to the department the number of pupils who have applied under subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section and the names of those applicants that have siblings who have also applied under subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section.
118.60(3)(ar)3. 3. Annually, upon receipt of the information under subd. 2., the department shall, for each school district, determine the sum of all applicants for pupils residing in that school district under this paragraph. In determining the sum, the department shall count a pupil who has applied to attend more than one private school under the program only once. After determining the sum of all applicants for pupils residing in a school district, the department shall do one of the following:
118.60(3)(ar)3.a. a. For applications for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, if the total number of applicants does not exceed the school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall determine which applications each private school may accept on a random basis, except that the department shall give preference to the applications of pupils described in s. 118.60 (3) (a) 1m. to 5., in the order of preference listed in that paragraph.
118.60(3)(ar)3.am. am. For applications for the 2018-19 school year and each school year thereafter, if the total number of applicants does not exceed the school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall immediately notify the private schools that all applicants reported under subd. 2. may be accepted into the private schools under the program for the next school year.
118.60(3)(ar)3.b. b. Annually, if the total number of applicants exceeds the school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall determine which applications to accept on a random basis, except that the department shall give preference to the applications of pupils described in s. 118.60 (3) (a) 1m. to 5., in the order of preference listed in that paragraph.
118.60(3)(ar)4. 4. For each school district in which private schools received applications under subd. 1. that exceeded the school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (be) [sub. (2) (be)], the department shall establish a waiting list in accordance with the preferences required under subd. 3. b.
118.60 Note NOTE: The correct cross-reference is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
118.60(3)(ar)5. 5. A private school that has accepted a pupil who resides in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, under this paragraph shall notify the department whenever the private school determines that a pupil will not attend the private school under this paragraph. If, upon receiving notice under this subdivision, the department determines that the number of pupils attending private schools under this section falls below a school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall fill any available slot in that school district with a pupil selected from the school district's waiting [list] established under subd. 4., if such a waiting list exists.
118.60 Note NOTE: A missing word is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
118.60(3)(b) (b) If a participating private school rejects an applicant who resides within an eligible school district because the private school has too few available spaces, the applicant may transfer his or her application to a participating private school that has space available. An applicant rejected under this paragraph may be admitted to a private school participating in the program under this section for the following school year, provided that the applicant continues to reside within an eligible school district. The department may not require, in that following school year, the private school to submit financial information regarding the applicant or to verify the eligibility of the applicant to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income.
118.60(3)(c) (c) If a participating private school rejects an applicant who resides in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district, because the private school has too few available spaces, the applicant may transfer his or her application to a participating private school that has space available. An applicant rejected under this paragraph may, subject to sub. (2) (be) and (bm), be admitted to a private school participating in the program under this section for the following school year.
118.60(3)(d) (d) By the 3rd Friday in September, a pupil or a pupil's parent or guardian shall notify, using a form provided by the department, the department that the pupil is currently participating in the program under this section. The form provided by the department under this paragraph shall require a pupil or a pupil's parent or guardian to indicate the school year during which the pupil first began participating in the program under this section.
118.60(3m) (3m)
118.60(3m)(a)(a) A private school participating in the program under this section may not charge or receive any additional tuition payment for a pupil participating in the program under this section other than the payment the school receives under sub. (4) and, if applicable, sub. (4m), if either of the following applies:
118.60(3m)(a)1. 1. The pupil is enrolled in a grade from kindergarten to 8.
118.60(3m)(a)2. 2. The pupil is enrolled in a grade from 9 to 12 and the family income of the pupil, as determined under sub. (2) (a) 1., does not exceed an amount equal to 2.2 times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget.
118.60(3m)(am)1.1. Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, a private school participating in the program under this section may recover the cost of providing the following to a pupil participating in the program under this section through reasonable fees in an amount determined by the private school and charged to the pupil, except that no participating private school may retroactively recover any uncollected costs incurred prior to November 19, 2011:
118.60(3m)(am)1.a. a. Personal use items, such as uniforms, gym clothes, and towels.
118.60(3m)(am)1.b. b. Social and extracurricular activities if not necessary to the private school's curriculum.
118.60(3m)(am)1.c. c. Musical instruments.
118.60(3m)(am)1.d. d. Meals consumed by pupils of the private school.
118.60(3m)(am)1.e. e. High school classes that are not required for graduation and for which no credits toward graduation are given.
118.60(3m)(am)1.f. f. Transportation.
118.60(3m)(am)1.g. g. Before-school and after-school child care.
118.60(3m)(am)2. 2. A private school may not prohibit an eligible pupil from attending the private school, expel or otherwise discipline the pupil, or withhold or reduce the pupil's grades because the pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian cannot pay or has not paid fees charged under subd. 1.
118.60(3m)(b) (b) Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, a private school participating in the program under this section may, in addition to the payment it receives for a pupil under sub. (4) and, if applicable, sub. (4m), charge the pupil tuition in an amount determined by the school if both of the following apply:
118.60(3m)(b)1. 1. The pupil is enrolled in a grade from 9 to 12.
118.60(3m)(b)2. 2. The family income of the pupil, as determined under sub. (2) (a) 1., exceeds an amount equal to 2.2 times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the director of the federal office of management and budget.
118.60(3m)(c) (c) A private school participating in the program under this section shall determine whether the private school may charge additional tuition to a pupil on the basis of the pupil's family income as permitted under par. (b). The private school shall establish a process for accepting an appeal to the governing body of the private school of the determination made under this paragraph.
118.60(4) (4)
118.60(4)(a)(a) Annually, on or before October 1, a private school participating in the program under this section shall file with the department a report stating its summer daily attendance for each day of summer school for the purpose of sub. (4m).
118.60(4)(bg)1.1. In the 2013-14 school year, upon receipt from the pupil's parent or guardian of proof of the pupil's enrollment in the private school during a school term, the state superintendent shall pay to the private school in which the pupil is enrolled on behalf of the pupil's parent or guardian, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fr), an amount equal to the private school's operating and debt service cost per pupil that is related to educational programming, as determined by the department, or $6,442, whichever is less.
118.60(4)(bg)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 4., in the 2014-15 school year, upon receipt from the pupil's parent or guardian of proof of the pupil's enrollment in the private school during a school term, the state superintendent shall pay to the private school in which the pupil is enrolled on behalf of the pupil's parent or guardian, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fr), the lesser of an amount equal to the private school's operating and debt service cost per pupil that is related to educational programming, as determined by the department, or an amount either of $7,210, if the pupil is enrolled in a grade from kindergarten to 8, or of $7,856, if the pupil is enrolled in a grade from 9 to 12.
118.60(4)(bg)3. 3. In the 2015-16 school year and in each school year thereafter, upon receipt from the pupil's parent or guardian of proof of the pupil's enrollment in the private school during a school term, except as provided in subd. 5., the state superintendent shall pay to the private school in which the pupil is enrolled on behalf of the pupil's parent or guardian, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fr), an amount equal to the sum of the maximum amount per pupil the state superintendent paid a private school under this section in the previous school year for the grade in which the pupil is enrolled; the amount of the per pupil revenue 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.
118.60(4)(bg)4. 4. If the pupil described in subd. 2. is enrolled in a private school that enrolls pupils under the program in any grade between kindergarten to 8 and also in any grade between 9 to 12, the state superintendent shall pay to the private school in which the pupil is enrolled on behalf of the pupil's parent or guardian, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fr), the lesser of an amount equal to the private school's operating and debt service cost per pupil that is related to educational programming, as determined by the department, or an amount determined as follows:
118.60(4)(bg)4.a. a. Multiply the number of pupils participating in the program under this section who are enrolled in the private school in any grade between kindergarten to 8 by $7,210.
118.60(4)(bg)4.b. b. Multiply the number of pupils participating in the program under this section who are enrolled in the private school in any grade between 9 to 12 by $7,856.
118.60(4)(bg)4.c. c. Add the amounts determined under subd. 4. a. and b.
118.60(4)(bg)4.d. d. Divide the amount determined under subd. 4. c. by the total number of pupils participating in the program under this section who are enrolled at the private school.
118.60(4)(bg)5. 5. If the pupil described in subd. 3. is enrolled in a private school that enrolls pupils under the program in any grade between kindergarten to 8 and also in any grade between 9 to 12, the state superintendent shall substitute for the amount described in subd. 3. the amount determined under subd. 4. a. to d., with the following modifications:
118.60(4)(bg)5.a. a. Multiply the number of pupils participating in the program who are enrolled in the private school in any grade between kindergarten to 8 by the sum of the maximum amount per pupil the state superintendent paid a private school under this section in the previous school year for the grade in which the pupil is enrolled; the amount of the per pupil revenue 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.
118.60(4)(bg)5.b. b. Multiply the number of pupils participating in the program who are enrolled in the private school in any grade between 9 to 12 by the sum of the maximum amount per pupil the state superintendent paid a private school under this section in the previous school year for the grade in which the pupil is enrolled; the amount of the per pupil revenue 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.
118.60(4)(c) (c) The state superintendent shall pay 25 percent of the total amount under this subsection in September, 25 percent in November, 25 percent in February, and 25 percent in May. Each installment may consist of a single check for all pupils attending the private school under this section. The state superintendent shall include the entire amount under sub. (4m) in the November installment, but the payment shall be made in a separate check from the payment under this subsection.
118.60(4d) (4d)
118.60(4d)(a)(a) In this subsection, "incoming choice pupil" means a pupil who resides in a school district, other than a 1st class city school district, who begins participating in the program under this section in the 2015-16 school year or any school year thereafter, and who is enrolled in a private school under this section.
118.60(4d)(b)1.1. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, subject to s. 121.085 (1), the department shall decrease a school district's state aid payment under s. 121.08 by an amount calculated as follows:
118.60(4d)(b)1.a. a. Identify the incoming choice pupils residing in the school district for whom a payment is made under sub. (4) (bg) in that school year.
118.60(4d)(b)1.b. b. Sum the payments made under sub. (4) (bg) for all of the pupils identified under subd. 1. a. for that school year.
118.60(4d)(b)1.c. c. Identify the incoming choice pupils residing in the school district for whom a payment is made under sub. (4m) in that school year.
118.60(4d)(b)1.d. d. Sum the payments made under sub. (4m) (a) for all of the pupils identified under subd. 1. c. for that school year.
118.60(4d)(b)1.e. e. Sum the amounts calculated under subd. 1. b. and d.
118.60(4d)(b)2. 2. If a school district's state aid payment under s. 121.08 is insufficient to cover the reduction under subd. 1., as determined under s. 121.085 (2), the department shall decrease other state aid payments made by the department to the school district by the remaining amount.
118.60(4d)(b)3. 3. The department shall ensure that the aid adjustment under subd. 1. does not affect the amount determined to be received by a school district as state aid under s. 121.08 for any other purpose.
118.60(4m) (4m)
118.60(4m)(a)(a) In addition to the payment under sub. (4), the state superintendent shall, subject to par. (b), pay to each private school participating in the program under this section, on behalf of the parent or guardian of each pupil attending summer school in the private school under this section during a summer and in the manner described in sub. (4) (c), an amount determined as follows:
118.60(4m)(a)1. 1. Determine the maximum amount that could have been paid, at the end of the immediately preceding school term, per pupil under sub. (4) (bg) for the grade in which the pupil is attending summer school under this section.
118.60(4m)(a)2. 2. Multiply the amount under subd. 1. by 0.05.
118.60(4m)(b) (b) A participating private school may receive a per pupil payment under par. (a) if all of the following are satisfied:
118.60(4m)(b)1. 1. The private school offers no fewer than 19 summer days of instruction during that summer.
118.60(4m)(b)2. 2. Each summer day of instruction offered by the private school under subd. 1. is comprised of no fewer than 270 minutes of instruction.
118.60(4m)(b)3. 3. Each pupil for whom the private school seeks a payment under par. (a) attends no fewer than 15 days of summer instruction at the private school during that summer.
118.60(4r) (4r) If, after the 3rd Friday in September in any school year, a private school participating in the program under this section closes, for each installment under sub. (4) (c) that was not paid to the private school in that school year, the state superintendent shall pay to the board of the school district within which the pupil resides, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fv), the amount determined, for each pupil who had been attending the private school under this section in that school year and who enrolls in the school district within which the pupil resides in that school year, as follows:
118.60(4r)(a) (a) Multiply the amount determined under sub. (4) (bg) by 0.616.
118.60(4r)(b) (b) Multiply the product under par. (a) by 0.25.
118.60(4s) (4s) Notwithstanding subs. (4), (4d), (4m), and (4r), a pupil attending a private school participating in the program under this section who is receiving a scholarship under s. 115.7915 shall not be counted as a pupil attending the private school under this section under sub. (4), (4d), (4m), or (4r).
118.60(5) (5) The state superintendent shall ensure that pupils and parents and guardians of pupils who reside in this state are informed annually of the private schools participating in the program under this section and in the program under s. 119.23.
118.60(6) (6) The school board of a school district shall provide transportation to pupils attending a private school under this section if required under s. 121.54 and may claim transportation aid under s. 121.58 for pupils so transported.
118.60(6m) (6m) Each private school participating in the program under this section shall do all of the following:
118.60(6m)(a) (a) Provide to each pupil, or the parent or guardian of each minor pupil, who applies to attend the private school all of the following:
118.60(6m)(a)1. 1. The name, address, and telephone number of the private school and the name of one or more contact persons at the school.
118.60(6m)(a)2. 2. A list of the names of the members of the private school's governing body and of the private school's shareholders, if any.
118.60(6m)(a)3. 3. A notice stating whether the private school is an organization operated for profit or not for profit. If the private school is a nonprofit organization, the private school shall also provide the applicant with a copy of the certificate issued under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code verifying that the private school is a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax.
118.60(6m)(a)4. 4. A copy of the appeals process used if the private school rejects the applicant.
118.60(6m)(a)5. 5. A copy of the policy developed by the private school under s. 118.33 (1) (f) 2r.
118.60(6m)(a)6. 6. A copy of the nonharassment policy used by the private school, together with the procedures for reporting and obtaining relief from harassment.
118.60(6m)(a)7. 7. A copy of the suspension and expulsion policies and procedures, including procedures for appealing a suspension or expulsion, used by the private school.
118.60(6m)(a)8. 8. A copy of the policy used by the private school for accepting or denying the transfer of credits earned by a pupil attending the private school under this section for the satisfactory completion of coursework at another school.
118.60(6m)(a)9. 9. A copy of the policy governing visitors and visits to the private school, developed as required under sub. (7) (b) 2m.
118.60(6m)(b) (b) Annually, by August 1st, provide to the department the material specified in par. (a) and all of the following information:
118.60(6m)(b)1. 1. The number of pupils attending the private school under this section in the previous school year who began participating in the program under this section in the 2015-16 school year or any school year thereafter and the number of pupils attending the private school under this section in the previous school year who began participating in the program under this section before the 2015-16 school year.
118.60(6m)(b)2. 2. The number of pupils attending the private school other than under this section in the previous school year.
118.60(6m)(b)3. 3. For each of the previous 5 school years in which the private school has participated in the program under this section, to the extent permitted under 20 USC 1232g and 43 CFR part 99, pupil scores on all standardized tests administered under s. 118.30 (1t).
118.60(6m)(b)4. 4. A copy of the academic standards adopted under sub. (7) (b) 2.
118.60(6m)(c) (c) Provide to the department a signed statement from each individual who is a member of the private school's governing body verifying that the individual is a member of the governing body.
118.60(6m)(d) (d) Upon request by any pupil, or the parent or guardian of any minor pupil, who is attending or who applies to attend the private school, provide the material specified in pars. (a) and (b).
118.60(7) (7)
118.60(7)(a)(a) Each private school participating in the program under this section shall meet at least one of the following standards:
118.60(7)(a)1. 1. At least 70 percent of the pupils in the program advance one grade level each year.
118.60(7)(a)2. 2. The private school's average attendance rate for the pupils in the program is at least 90 percent.
118.60(7)(a)3. 3. At least 80 percent of the pupils in the program demonstrate significant academic progress.
118.60(7)(a)4. 4. At least 70 percent of the families of pupils in the program meet parent involvement criteria established by the private school.
118.60(7)(ad)1.1. If a private school participating in the program under this section or s. 119.23 and accredited under sub. (2) (a) 7. to offer instruction in any elementary grade, but not any high school grade, seeks to offer instruction in any high school grade, the private school shall apply for and achieve accreditation to offer instruction in the additional grades in the manner established under sub. (2) (a) 7. c.
118.60(7)(ad)2. 2. If a private school participating in the program under this section or s. 119.23 and accredited under sub. (2) (a) 7. to offer instruction in any high school grade, but not any elementary grade, seeks to offer instruction in any elementary grade, the private school shall apply for and achieve accreditation to offer instruction in the additional grades in the manner established under sub. (2) (a) 7. c.
118.60(7)(ad)3. 3. The governing body of a private school participating in the program under this section and accredited as required under subds. 1. and 2. and sub. (2) (a) 7. shall ensure that the private school continuously maintains accreditation from an accrediting entity as long as the private school continues to participate in the program under this section.
118.60(7)(ag) (ag) If a participating private school learns that an accrediting organization with which the private school is maintaining accreditation, as required under par. (ad), is a disqualified organization, the private school shall immediately notify the department in writing of this fact and shall obtain accreditation from an accrediting entity no later than 3 years from the date on which the private school learned that the accrediting organization is a disqualified organization.
118.60(7)(am)1m.1m. In this paragraph, "eligible education expenses" means all direct and indirect costs associated with a private school's educational programming for pupils enrolled in grades kindergarten to 12 that are reasonable for the private school to achieve its educational purposes, as determined by the governing body of the private school and reviewed by an independent auditor. "Eligible education expenses" include expenses related to management, insurance, transportation, extracurricular programming and activities, facility and equipment costs, development expenses, and programming that provides child care services before school, after school, or both before and after school.
118.60(7)(am)2m. 2m. Each private school participating in the program under this section is subject to uniform financial accounting standards established by the department. Annually by October 15 following a school year in which a private school participated in the program under this section, the private school shall submit to the department all of the following:
118.60(7)(am)2m.a. a. An independent financial audit of the private school conducted by an independent certified public accountant, accompanied by the auditor's statement that the report is free of material misstatements and fairly presents the private school's eligible education expenses, and beginning in the 2nd school year a private school participates in the program under this section, a copy of a management letter prepared by the auditor. The audit shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles with allowable modifications for long-term fixed assets. The audit shall include a calculation of the private school's net eligible education expenses and a calculation of the balance of the private school's fund for future eligible education expenses. The auditor shall conduct his or her audit, including determining sample sizes and evaluating financial viability, in accordance with the auditing standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The department may not require an auditor to comply with standards that exceed the scope of the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. If a private school participating in a program under this section is part of an organization and the private school and the organization share assets, liabilities, or eligible education expenses, the private school may submit an audit of the private school or of the organization of which it is a part. If a private school that is part of an organization with which it shares assets, liabilities, or eligible education expenses submits an audit of only the private school, the independent auditor shall use his or her professional judgment to allocate any shared assets, liabilities, and eligible education expenses between the organization and the private school. If a private school participating in the program under this section also accepts pupils under s. 119.23, the private school may submit one comprehensive financial audit to satisfy the requirements of this subdivision and s. 119.23 (7) (am) 2m. The private school shall include in the comprehensive financial audit the information specified under s. 119.23 (7) (am) 2m.
118.60(7)(am)2m.b. b. Evidence of sound fiscal and internal control practices, as prescribed by the department by rule. An independent auditor engaged to evaluate the private school's fiscal and internal control practices shall conduct his or her evaluation, including determining sample sizes, in accordance with attestation standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The independent auditor engaged to evaluate the private school's fiscal and internal control practice shall also review any concerns raised in the private school's management letter submitted under subd. 2m. a. The fact that a private school reports a negative reserve balance alone is not evidence that the private school does not have the financial ability to continue operating or that the private school does not follow sound fiscal and internal control practices.
118.60(7)(am)2m.c. c. If an independent auditor engaged to evaluate the private school's fiscal and internal control practice determines that the governing body of the private school has not taken reasonable actions to remedy any concerns raised in the management letter submitted under subd. 2m. a. in the previous school year, a report prepared by the independent auditor that includes the auditor's findings related to the governing body's actions to remedy any concerns raised in the management letter for the previous school year.
118.60(7)(an) (an) If a private school participating in the program under this section has a cash or investment reserve balance that is greater than 50 percent of the total amount the private school received under this section in the previous school year, the governing body of the private school shall approve a plan for how it will use the amount of the cash or investment reserve that exceeds 50 percent of the total amount the private school received under this section in the previous school year.
118.60(7)(ao) (ao) By November 1 of the first school term in which a private school participates in the program under this section, the private school shall submit to the department on a form provided by the department a budget reflecting the enrollments in the private school on the immediately preceding 3rd Friday in September and any related changes in revenues, costs, and cash flow requirements.
118.60(7)(b) (b) Each private school participating in the program under this section shall do all of the following:
118.60(7)(b)1. 1. Administer to any pupils attending the 3rd grade in the private school under this section a standardized reading test developed by the department.
118.60(7)(b)2. 2. Adopt the pupil academic standards required under s. 118.30 (1g) (a) 4.
118.60(7)(b)2m. 2m. Develop a written policy governing visitors and visits to the private school.
118.60(7)(b)3. 3. Ensure that any teacher's aide employed by the private school has graduated from high school, been granted a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation, been granted a high school diploma by the administrator of a home-based private educational program, or been issued a general educational development certificate of high school equivalency, or has obtained a degree or educational credential higher than a high school diploma, declaration of equivalency of high school graduation, or general educational development certificate of high school equivalency.
118.60(7)(b)3m. 3m. Annually, schedule 2 meetings at which members of the governing body of the private school will be present and at which pupils, and the parents or guardians of pupils, applying to attend the private school or attending the private school may meet and communicate with the members of the governing body. The private school shall, within 30 days after the start of the school term, notify the department in writing of the scheduled meeting dates and shall, at least 30 days before the scheduled meeting date, notify in writing each pupil, or the parent or guardian of each minor pupil, applying to attend the private school or attending the private school of the meeting date, time, and place.
118.60(7)(b)4. 4. Maintain progress records for each pupil attending the private school under this section while the pupil attends the school and, except as provided under subd. 7., for at least 5 years after the pupil ceases to attend the school.
118.60(7)(b)5. 5. Upon request, provide a pupil or the parent or guardian of a minor pupil who is attending the private school under this section with a copy of the pupil's progress records.
118.60(7)(b)6. 6. Issue a high school diploma or certificate to each pupil who attends the private school under this section and satisfactorily completes the course of instruction and any other requirements necessary for high school graduation.
118.60(7)(b)7.a.a. Except as provided in subd. 7. b., if the private school ceases operating as a private school, immediately transfer all of the progress records of each pupil who attended the school under this section to the school board of the school district within which the pupil resides. The private school shall send written notice to each pupil, or to the parent or guardian of a minor pupil, of the transfer of progress records under this subd. 7. a.
118.60(7)(b)7.b. b. If the private school is affiliated with an organization that will maintain the progress records of each pupil who attended the school under this section for at least 5 years after the private school ceases operation as a private school, the private school may transfer a pupil's records to the organization if the pupil, or the parent or guardian of a minor pupil, consents in writing to the release of the progress records to the affiliated organization. The private school shall send to the department a copy of the consent form for each pupil who consents to the transfer of progress records under this subd. 7. b. The written notice shall be signed by the pupil, or the parent or guardian of a minor pupil, and shall include the name, phone number, mailing address, and other relevant contact information of the organization that will maintain the progress records, and a declaration by the affiliated organization that the organization agrees to maintain the progress records for at least 5 years after the private school ceases operation as a private school.
118.60(7)(c) (c) A private school may not require a pupil attending the private school under this section to participate in any religious activity if the pupil's parent or guardian submits to the pupil's teacher or the private school's principal a written request that the pupil be exempt from such activities.
118.60(7)(d) (d) By September 1 before the first school term of participation in the program that begins in the 2013-14 school year, by August 1 before the first school term of participation in the program that begins in the 2014-15 school year or any school year thereafter, or by May 1 if the private school begins participating in the program during summer school, each private school participating in the program under this section shall submit to the department all of the following:
118.60(7)(d)1.a.a. In this subdivision, "municipality" has the meaning given in s. 5.02 (11).
118.60(7)(d)1.b. b. A copy of the school's current certificate of occupancy issued by the municipality within which the school is located. If the private school moves to a new location, the private school shall submit a copy of the new certificate of occupancy issued by the municipality within which the school is located to the department before the attendance of pupils at the new location and before the next succeeding date specified in s. 121.05 (1) (a). If the municipality within which the private school is located does not issue certificates of occupancy, the private school may submit a certificate of occupancy issued by the local or regional governmental unit with authority to issue certificates of occupancy or a letter or form from the municipality within which the private school is located that explains that the municipality does not issue certificates of occupancy. A temporary certificate of occupancy does not meet the requirement of this subdivision. This subdivision applies only to a private school located in an eligible school district.
118.60(7)(d)2. 2. Evidence of financial viability, as prescribed by the department by rule.
118.60(7)(d)3. 3. Proof that the private school's administrator has participated in a fiscal management training program approved by the department.
118.60(7)(dr) (dr) A private school participating in the program under this section may elect to maintain an electronic copy of any application submitted on behalf of and any correspondence to or about a pupil attending the private school under this section instead of a paper copy of the application and correspondence. The private school shall maintain electronic copies of pupil applications and correspondence for a period of at least 5 years.
118.60(7)(e) (e) Each private school participating in the program under this section shall administer the examinations required under s. 118.30 (1t) or examinations permitted under s. 118.301 (3) to pupils attending the school under the program. The private school may administer additional standardized tests to such pupils.
118.60(7)(em)1.1. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the governing body of each private school participating in the program under this section shall, subject to subd. 2., annually, by January 15, provide the department with evidence demonstrating that the private school remains accredited for the current school year as required under par. (ad). The governing body shall include as evidence of accreditation a letter prepared by an accrediting entity that confirms that the private school is accredited by that entity as of the date of the letter.
118.60(7)(em)2. 2. The governing body shall immediately notify the department if its accreditation status changes.
118.60(7)(g)1.1. By the first day of the 3rd month beginning after the month in which the department establishes the model management plan and practices for maintaining indoor environmental quality in public and private schools under s. 118.075 (3), or by October 1 of a private school's first school year of participation in the program under this section, whichever is later, the private school shall provide for the development of a plan for maintaining indoor environmental quality in the private school.
118.60(7)(g)2. 2. By the first day of the 12th month beginning after the month in which the department establishes the model management plan and practices for maintaining indoor environmental quality in public and private schools under s. 118.075 (3), or by the beginning of the 2nd school year of participation in the program under this section, whichever is later, the private school shall implement a plan for maintaining indoor environmental quality in the private school.
118.60(7)(g)3. 3. Each private school participating in the program under this section shall provide a copy of the plan implemented under subd. 2. to any person upon request.
118.60(9) (9) If any accrediting or preaccrediting entity determines during the accrediting or preaccrediting process that a private school does not meet all of the requirements under s. 118.165 (1), it shall report that failure to the department.
118.60(10) (10)
118.60(10)(a)(a) The state superintendent may issue an order barring a private school from participating in the program under this section in the current school year if the state superintendent determines that the private school has done any of the following:
118.60(10)(a)1. 1. Misrepresented information required under sub. (7) (d).
118.60(10)(a)2. 2. Failed to provide the notice or pay the fee required under sub. (2) (a) 3., or provide the information required under sub. (7) (am) or (d), by the date or within the period specified.
118.60(10)(a)3. 3. Failed to refund to the state any overpayment made under s. 118.60 (4) or (4m) by the date specified by department rule.
118.60(10)(a)4. 4. Failed to meet at least one of the standards under sub. (7) (a) by the date specified by department rule.
118.60(10)(a)5. 5. Failed to provide the information required under sub. (6m).
118.60(10)(a)6. 6. Failed to comply with the requirements under sub. (7) (b) or (c).
118.60(10)(a)7. 7. Violated sub. (7) (b) 4., 5., or 6.
118.60(10)(a)8. 8. Before the end of a 7-year period beginning on the date of an order issued by the state superintendent under this subsection, retained a disqualified person, for compensation or as a volunteer, as an owner, officer, director, trustee, administrator, person designated by the administrator to assist in processing pupil applications, or person responsible for administrative, financial, or pupil health and safety matters.
118.60(10)(am) (am) If the state superintendent determines that any of the following have occurred, he or she may issue an order barring the private school from participating in the program under this section in the following school year:
118.60(10)(am)1. 1. The private school has not complied with the requirements under sub. (7) (em).
118.60(10)(am)2. 2. The private school's application for accreditation has been denied by the accrediting entity.
118.60(10)(am)3. 3. The private school has not achieved accreditation within the period allowed under sub. (2) (a) 7.
118.60(10)(ar)1.1. If the state superintendent determines that a private school has failed to continuously maintain accreditation as required under sub. (7) (ad), that the governing body of the private school has withdrawn the private school from the accreditation process, or that the private school's accreditation has been revoked, denied, or terminated by an accrediting entity, the state superintendent shall issue an order barring the private school's participation in the program under this section at the end of the current school year.
118.60(10)(ar)2. 2. A private school whose participation in the program under this section is barred under subd. 1. may not participate in the program under this section or under s. 119.23 until the governing body of the private school demonstrates to the satisfaction of the department that it has obtained accreditation from an accrediting entity, provided the accreditation is from an entity other than the entity with which the private school failed to continuously maintain accreditation or, if the private school's accreditation was revoked, denied, or terminated, other than the entity that revoked, denied, or terminated the private school's accreditation.
118.60(10)(b) (b) The state superintendent may issue an order immediately terminating a private school's participation in the program under this section if he or she determines that conditions at the private school present an imminent threat to the health or safety of pupils.
118.60(10)(c) (c) Whenever the state superintendent issues an order under par. (a), (am), (ar), or (b), he or she shall immediately notify the parent or guardian of each pupil attending the private school under this section.
118.60(10)(d) (d) The state superintendent may withhold payment from a private school under subs. (4) and (4m) if the private school violates this section or s. 115.383 (3) (b).
118.60(11) (11) The department shall do all of the following:
118.60(11)(a) (a) Promulgate rules to implement and administer this section. The department may not by rule establish standards under sub. (7) (am) that exceed the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
118.60(11)(b) (b) Notify each private school participating in the program under this section of any proposed changes to the program or to administrative rules governing the program, including changes to application or filing deadlines but not including changes to provisions governing health or safety, prior to the beginning of the school year in which the change takes effect.
118.60(11)(bm) (bm) No later than 90 days after receiving a financial audit under sub. (7) (am), certify the financial audit. During the 90-day period between receipt and certification, the department's contact with the auditor shall be limited to a single written communication. The department's single written communication to the auditor may include only matters that individually impact the private school's financial statement by an amount that is greater than 1 percent of the total amount the private school received under this section for the previous school year. An auditor who receives a written communication under this paragraph shall respond to the department within 15 days of receiving the written communication.
118.60(11)(c) (c) Within 10 days after receiving the information submitted as required under sub. (7) (em), notify the participating private school of receipt of accreditation status.
118.60(11)(d) (d) When the department publicly releases data related to enrollment of, standardized test results for, applications submitted by, waiting lists for pupils participating in or seeking to participate in the program under this section, release the data all at the same time, uniformly, and completely.
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2013-14 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2015 Wis. Act 58 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before August 5, 2015. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 5, 2015 are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-5-15)