2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Tusler, Thiesfeldt, Gannon,
Katsma, Kitchens, Kremer, Kulp, Quinn, Weatherston, Wichgers and
Zimmerman. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act relating to: submitting a state plan under the Every Student Succeeds
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill prohibits the Department of Public Instruction from submitting the
state plan required under the Every Student Succeeds Act to the federal Department
of Education without first responding to any objections submitted to DPI by the
Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education. The
Every Student Succeeds Act requires the state to submit a state plan to the federal
Department of Education as a condition of receiving certain federal funding.
Under the bill, for a proposed state plan submitted to the Assembly Committee
on Education and to the Senate Committee on Education by May 15, 2017, a member
of either education committee may submit any objections he or she has to the
proposed state plan to the chairperson of his or her committee. If a chairperson
receives an objection from a member of the education committee, the chairperson
must call a committee meeting for the purpose of approving or disapproving all
objections received from members of the committee. Following the committee
hearing, the chairperson must submit all objections approved by the committee to
DPI. If DPI receives objections to the proposed state plan from an education
committee, DPI must provide a written response to each objection raised by the
committee within 14 days. DPI's response to the education committee must indicate
whether DPI will modify the proposed state plan based on each of the committee's
objections and, if so, a description of the modification and, if not, an explanation for
why DPI will not modify the proposed state plan based on the objection.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
In this Section
(a) “Department” means the department of public instruction.
(b) “State plan” means the plan the department is required to file with the 5
secretary of the federal department of education under 20 USC 6311
(2) Submittal of state plan.
The department may not submit a state plan to 7
the secretary of the federal department of education until the department does all 8
of the following:
(a) For a proposed state plan the department submits to the assembly 10
committee on education or to the senate committee on education before May 15, 2017, 11
provides the committee the opportunity to object to the proposed state plan in 12
accordance with subsection (3).
(b) Responds to any objections submitted by the assembly committee on 14
education and the senate committee on education in accordance with subsection (4).
Procedure for committee objections.
(a) A member of the assembly committee on education or the senate committee 17
on education who wishes to object to any portion of the proposed state plan submitted 18
to that committee before May 15, 2017, shall submit his or her objection in writing 19
to the chairperson of his or her committee no later than May 25, 2017, or 5 days after 20
the effective date of this paragraph, whichever is later.
(b) If the chairperson of the assembly committee on education or of the senate 2
committee on education receives an objection under paragraph (a), the chairperson 3
shall schedule a committee meeting for the purpose of reviewing all objections 4
received by the chairperson under paragraph (a
). The chairperson shall schedule the 5
committee hearing for a date that is no later than 7 days after the applicable deadline 6
for making objections under paragraph (a
). At the committee hearing, the committee 7
shall approve or disapprove each objection received by the chairperson under 8
paragraph (a). If the chairperson of the assembly committee on education or the 9
senate committee on education does not schedule a meeting under this paragraph, 10
the department may proceed as if that committee has no objections to the proposed 11
(c) Within 5 days after a committee meeting to review objections to the proposed 13
state plan, the chairperson of the assembly committee on education or the senate 14
committee on education shall submit to the department all of the objections approved 15
by that committee. If the chairperson of the assembly committee on education or the 16
senate committee on education does not submit objections to the department by the 17
deadline provided in this paragraph, the department may proceed as if that 18
committee has no objections to the proposed state plan.
Responses to objections.
No later than 14 days after receiving an objection 20
from a committee under subsection (3
) (c), the department shall provide the 21
committee a written response to each objection submitted by the committee. For 22
each objection, the department shall include all of the following in the written 23
(a) A statement of whether the department will modify the state plan to address 25
(b) If the department will modify the state plan, a description of the 2
(c) If the department will not modify the state plan, an explanation for why the 4
department will not modify the state plan.