2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
SENATE AMENDMENT 13,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 64
September 15, 2017 - Offered by Senators Larson,
Johnson, Carpenter, L. Taylor,
Risser, Vinehout, Bewley, Wirch, Hansen and Ringhand.
At the locations indicated, amend the bill
as shown by assembly substitute 2
amendment 1, as follows:
20.255 (1) (f) of the statutes is amended to read:
(f) Assessments of reading readiness.
The amounts in the schedule 6
to provide school districts and,
independent charter schools under s. 118.40 (2r) and 7
(2x), the governing bodies of private schools participating in the special needs
8scholarship program under s. 115.7915, and the governing bodies of private schools
9participating in a parental choice program under s. 118.60 or 119.23
with the 10
assessments of reading readiness under s. 118.016.”.
115.28 (7) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Subject to the same rules and laws concerning qualifications of 2
applicants and granting and revocation of licenses or certificates
under par. (a), the 3
state superintendent shall grant certificates and
licenses to teachers in private 4
schools and tribal schools, except that teaching experience requirements for such 5certificates and
licenses may be fulfilled by teaching experience in public, private, 6
or tribal schools. An applicant is not eligible for a license or certificate
unless the 7
state superintendent finds that the private school or tribal school in which the 8
applicant taught offered an adequate educational program during the period of the 9
applicant's teaching therein. Private Except as provided in ss. 115.7915 (2m) (b),
10118.60 (2) (a) 6m., and 119.23 (2) (a) 6m., private
schools are not obligated to employ 11
only licensed or certified teachers.”.
115.7915 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
115.7915 (2) Scholarship requirements.
(intro.) Beginning in the 2016-17 15
school year, the department shall provide to a child with a disability a scholarship 16
under sub. (4m) (a) to attend a private an eligible
school, provided the private school
17is in compliance with the requirements under sub. (2m),
if all of the following apply:”.
115.7915 (2) (i) of the statutes is created to read:
(i) The sum of the pupils attending the private school under a 21
scholarship under this section and under the programs under ss. 118.60 and 119.23 22
is less than 49 percent of the total number of pupils attending the private school.
115.7915 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
115.7915 (2m) Private schools; requirements for participation.
A private 2
school may not participate in the program under this section unless all of the 3
(a) The private school is located in this state.
(b) All instructional staff employed by the governing body of the private school 6
hold a license or permit to teach issued by the department. For purposes of this 7
paragraph, “instructional staff” has the meaning given in the rules promulgated by 8
the department under s. 121.02 (1) (a) 2.
(c) Prior to accepting applications under sub. (2) (g), the private school had been 10
in operation for the attendance of pupils for at least 2 school years.
(d) The governing body of the private school annually submits to an 12
independent financial audit of the private school as provided under s. 118.60 (7) (am).
(e) The governing body of the private school annually schedules at least one 14
meeting of the governing body of the private school each month that is open to the 15
public as provided under s. 118.60 (7) (b) 3m.
(f) The governing body of the private school permits public inspection and 17
copying of any record, as defined in s. 19.32 (2), of the private school to the same 18
extent as required of, and subject to the same terms and enforcement provisions that 19
apply to, a school board under subch. II of ch. 19. This paragraph applies only to 20
records that relate to pupils attending the private school under this section.
(g) The governing body of the private school complies with the requirement to 22
submit a copy of the school's certificate of occupancy or a building permit to the 23
department as provided under s. 118.60 (7) (d).
(h) The governing body of the private school complies with the requirement to 2
conduct state and federal background checks of teachers and administrators 3
employed by and volunteers at the private school as provided in s. 118.60 (7) (h).”.
115.7915 (4m) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 7
115.7915 (4m) (a) and amended to read:
(a) Subject to par. (c), from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) 9
(az), the department shall pay the private school a child attends under the 10
scholarship program under this section, on behalf of a child's parent or guardian, the 11following
amount: under s. 118.60 (4) (bd).
115.7915 (4m) (a) 1. of the statutes is repealed.
115.7915 (4m) (a) 2. of the statutes is repealed.”.
115.7915 (8) (a) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 5. Failed to provide the information required under sub. (2m) 19
(d) or (g) by the date or within the period specified.
115.7915 (8) (a) 6. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 6. Violated sub. (2m) (e) or (f).
115.7915 (8) (a) 7. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 7. Violated or employed a person who violated s. 118.016, 24
118.19 (1), 118.305, 118.31, or 118.33 (1) (f) 5.
115.7915 (8) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) The state superintendent may issue an order immediately 3
terminating a private school's participation in the program under this section if he 4
or she determines that the owner of the private school would not be eligible or 5
permitted to be employed, licensed, or permitted for any of the reasons specified 6
under s. 115.31 (2g) or (6m) or 115.315.
115.7915 (8) (ar) of the statutes is created to read:
(ar) The state superintendent may issue an order immediately 9
terminating a private school's participation in the program under this section if he 10
or she determines that the private school has failed to comply with the requirements 11
under s. 118.60 (7) (h) or if the private school employs an individual in contravention 12
of the prohibitions under s. 118.60 (7) (h).”.
118.016 (1) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
(bm) Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the governing body of 16
each private school participating in a parental choice program under s. 118.60 or 17
119.23 and each private school participating in the special needs scholarship 18
program under s. 115.7915 shall, using the appropriate, valid, and reliable 19
assessment of literacy fundamentals selected by the governing body, annually assess 20
each pupil enrolled in 4-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade in the private school for 21
reading readiness. The governing body shall ensure that the assessment evaluates 22
whether a pupil possesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge. The 23
governing body may administer computer adaptive assessments. This paragraph 24
applies only to pupils attending the school under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23.
118.016 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read: