16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(2m)(b)1. 1. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.9945(2m)(b)1.a. a. Less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area.
16.9945(2m)(b)1.b. b. Less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(2m)(b)2. 2. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.9945(2m)(b)2.a. a. More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
16.9945(2m)(b)2.b. b. More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(2m)(b)3. 3. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.9945(3) (3)Maximum awards to eligible school districts. The total amount the department may award to an eligible school district under sub. (1) during a fiscal biennium may not exceed the following:
16.9945(3)(a) (a) If the membership of the eligible school district is fewer than 750 pupils, $30,000.
16.9945(3)(b) (b) If the membership of the eligible school district is 750 pupils to 1,500 pupils, $40 multiplied by the school district's membership.
16.9945(3)(c) (c) If the membership of the eligible school district is more than 1,500 pupils, $60,000.
16.9945(3m) (3m)Maximum awards to eligible public libraries. The total amount the department may award to an eligible public library under sub. (1) during a fiscal biennium may not exceed the following:
16.9945(3m)(a) (a) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is 2,000 or less, $5,000.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(3m)(b) (b) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is at least 2,001 but less than 5,000, $7,500.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(3m)(c) (c) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] is located is at least 5,000 but less than 20,001, $10,000.
16.9945 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.9945(4) (4)Funding limitation.
16.9945(4)(a) (a) The department may not award grants under this section that total more than $15,000,000 in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
16.9945(4)(b) (b) The department may not award grants under this section that total more than $7,500,000 in the 2018-19 fiscal year.
16.9945(5) (5)Sunset. The department may not award grants under this section after July 1, 2019.
16.9945 History History: 2017 a. 59, 142.
16.995 16.995 Educational technology infrastructure financial assistance.
16.995(1)(1)Financial assistance authorized. The department may provide financial assistance under this section to school districts from the proceeds of public debt contracted under s. 20.866 (2) (zc) and to public library boards from the proceeds of public debt contracted under s. 20.866 (2) (zcm). Financial assistance under this section may be used only for the purpose of upgrading the electrical wiring of school and library buildings in existence on October 14, 1997, and installing and upgrading computer network wiring. The department may not provide any financial assistance under this section after July 26, 2003.
16.995(2) (2)Financial assistance applications, terms, and conditions. The department shall establish application procedures for, and the terms and conditions of, financial assistance under this section. The department shall make a loan to a school district or public library board, or to a municipality on behalf of a public library board, in an amount equal to 50 percent of the total amount of financial assistance for which the department determines the school district or public library board is eligible and provide a grant to the school district or public library board for the remainder of the total. The terms and conditions of any financial assistance under this section may include the provision of professional building construction services under s. 16.85 (15). The department shall determine the interest rate on loans under this section. The interest rate shall be as low as possible but shall be sufficient to fully pay all interest expenses incurred by the state in making the loans and to provide reserves that are reasonably expected to be required in the judgment of the department to ensure against losses arising from delinquency and default in the repayment of the loans. The term of a loan under this section may not exceed 10 years.
16.995(3) (3)Repayment of loans. The department shall credit all moneys received from school districts for repayment of loans under this section to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (ha). The department shall credit all moneys received from public library boards or from municipalities on behalf of public library boards for repayment of loans under this section to the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (hb).
16.995(3m) (3m)Public debt repayment. To the extent that sufficient moneys for the provision of educational telecommunications access under s. 16.997 are available in the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (4) (mp) after payment of the administrative expenses specified in s. 20.505 (4) (mp), the department shall use those available moneys to reimburse s. 20.505 (4) (es) and (et) for the payment of principal and interest costs incurred in financing educational technology infrastructure financial assistance under this section and to make full payment of the amounts determined by the building commission under s. 13.488 (1) (m).
16.995(4) (4)Funding for financial assistance. The department, subject to the limits of s. 20.866 (2) (zc) and (zcm), may request that the building commission contract public debt in accordance with ch. 18 to fund financial assistance under this section.
16.995 History History: 1997 a. 27, 41; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16, 104; 2003 a. 33 ss. 238q, 1068d to 1072d; Stats. 2003 s. 16.995; 2005 a. 25.
16.996 16.996 Educational technology training grants.
16.996(1)(1)Purpose. The department shall annually award grants to eligible consortia of school districts, to consortia of eligible public libraries, and to eligible public library systems for the costs of training teachers and librarians to use educational technology.
16.996(2) (2)Eligible consortia. A consortium of school districts is eligible for a grant under this section if all of the following apply:
16.996(2)(a) (a) The consortium consists of 3 or more school districts.
16.996(2)(b) (b) Each school district's membership in the previous school year divided by that school district's area in square miles is 13 or less.
16.996(2)(c) (c) The consortium applies for a grant under this section.
16.996(2m) (2m)Eligible public libraries and public library systems.
16.996(2m)(a)(a) In this subsection:
16.996(2m)(a)1. 1. “Library branch” means a fixed location where public library services, including a collection of library materials, are offered by paid library employees as part of a consolidated county public library, as described in s. 43.57 (1).
16.996(2m)(a)2. 2. “Urban cluster” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of at least 2,500 but less than 50,000.
16.996(2m)(a)3. 3. “Urbanized area” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, with a population of 50,000 or more.
16.996(2m)(b) (b) A public library or branch of a public library [library branch] is an eligible library under this section if the population of the municipality within which the library or branch [library branch] is located is 20,000 or less and if the public library or branch [library branch] is located in one of the following areas of the state:
16.996 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.996(2m)(b)1. 1. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.996(2m)(b)1.a. a. Less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area.
16.996(2m)(b)1.b. b. Less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
16.996(2m)(b)2. 2. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of the following:
16.996(2m)(b)2.a. a. More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
16.996(2m)(b)2.b. b. More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.996(2m)(b)3. 3. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.
16.996(2m)(c) (c) A consortium of public libraries is eligible for a grant under this section and a public library system is eligible for a grant under this section if all of the following apply:
16.996(2m)(c)1. 1. Either of the following applies:
16.996(2m)(c)1.a. a. The consortium consists of 3 or more eligible public libraries or library branches.
16.996(2m)(c)1.b. b. The public library system contains 3 or more eligible public libraries or library branches.
16.996(2m)(c)2. 2. The consortium or public library system applies for a grant under this section.
16.996(3) (3)Grants to eligible consortia of school districts; amount. In any year the department awards a grant to an eligible consortia of school districts under this section, subject to sub. (4), the department shall pay to the eligible consortium the sum of the following amounts:
16.996(3)(a) (a) For each school district in the consortium that had a membership of less than 750 pupils in the previous year, $7,500.
16.996(3)(b) (b) For each school district in the consortium that had a membership of 750 pupils to 1,500 pupils in the previous year, $10 multiplied by the school district's membership in the previous year.
16.996(3)(c) (c) For each school district in the consortium that had a membership of more than 1,500 pupils in the previous year, $15,000.
16.996(3m) (3m)Grants to consortia of eligible public libraries and to eligible public library systems; amount. In any year the department awards a grant to a consortia of eligible public libraries or to an eligible public library system under this section, the department shall, subject to sub. (4), pay to the consortium of eligible public libraries or to the eligible public library system the sum of the following amounts:
16.996(3m)(a) (a) For each eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] in the consortium or system located in a municipality the population of which is 2,000 or less, $500.
16.996 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.996(3m)(b) (b) For each eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] in the consortium or system located in a municipality the population of which is at least 2,001 but less than 5,000, $750.
16.996 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.996(3m)(c) (c) For each eligible public library or branch [library branch, as defined in sub. (2m) (a) 1.,] in the consortium or system located in a municipality the population of which is at least 5,000 but less than 20,001, $1,000.
16.996 Note NOTE: The correct term is shown in brackets. Corrective legislation is pending.
16.996(4) (4)Funding.
16.996(4)(a) (a) The department may not award grants under this section that total more than $1,500,000 in any fiscal year.
16.996(4)(b) (b) If, in any fiscal year, $1,500,000 is insufficient to pay the full amount under subs. (3) and (3m), the department shall prorate the payments among eligible consortia of school districts, consortia of eligible public libraries, and eligible public library systems.
16.996 History History: 2015 a. 55; 2017 a. 142; s. 35.17 correction in (2m) (c) 1. (intro.).
16.997 16.997 Educational telecommunications access program.
16.997(1)(1)Except as provided in s. 196.218 (4t), the department shall promulgate rules establishing an educational telecommunications access program to provide educational agencies with access to data lines and video links.
16.997(2) (2)The rules promulgated under sub. (1) shall do all of the following:
16.997(2)(a) (a) Allow an educational agency to make a request to the department for access to data lines and video links.
16.997(2)(b) (b) Establish eligibility requirements for an educational agency to participate in the program established under sub. (1) and to receive additional telecommunications access under s. 16.998, including a requirement that a charter school sponsor use data lines and video links to benefit pupils attending the charter school and a requirement that Internet access to material that is harmful to children, as defined in s. 948.11 (1) (b), is blocked on the computers of juvenile correctional facilities that are served by data links and video links subsidized under this section.
16.997(2)(c) (c) Establish specifications for data lines and video links for which access is provided to an educational agency under the program established under sub. (1) or for which additional access is provided to an educational agency under s. 16.998.
16.997(2)(d) (d) Require an educational agency to pay the department not more than $250 per month for each data line or video link that is provided to the educational agency under the program established under sub. (1), except that the charge may not exceed $100 per month for each data line or video link that relies on a transport medium that operates at a speed of 1.544 megabits per second.
16.997(2)(e) (e) Include the protections specified in s. 196.209 (4) (a) and (b).
16.997(2)(f) (f) Ensure that juvenile correctional facilities that receive access under this section to data lines and video links or that receive additional access under s. 16.998 to data lines, video links, and bandwidth use those data lines and video links and that bandwidth only for educational purposes.
16.997(2c) (2c)The department shall develop criteria to use to evaluate whether to provide more than one data line and video link to an educational agency. The department shall include in the criteria an educational agency's current bandwidth, equipment, and readiness, and the available providers and any other economic development in the geographic area that the educational agency serves.
16.997(2g) (2g)An educational agency that is provided access to a data line under the program established under sub. (1) or to an additional data line under s. 16.998 may not do any of the following:
16.997(2g)(a) (a) Provide access to the data line to any business entity, as defined in s. 13.62 (5), unless the business entity complies with all of the following:
16.997(2g)(a)1. 1. The business entity is transmitting an event sponsored by the educational agency.
16.997(2g)(a)2. 2. The business entity has the permission of the educational agency to record and transmit the event.
16.997(2g)(a)2g. 2g. The access to the data line by the business entity is through the Internet.
16.997(2g)(a)2r. 2r. All transmissions through the data line originate or terminate at the site of an educational agency or other governmental agency that is an authorized user of the data line.
16.997(2g)(a)3. 3. The business entity reimburses the department for its proportionate share of the cost of the data line used to transmit the event.
16.997(2g)(b) (b) Request access to an additional data line for purposes of providing access to bandwidth to a political subdivision under a shared service agreement under sub. (2r) (a).
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)