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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
August 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Hutton, Horlacher, Katsma,
Kolste, Kooyenga, Kremer, Murphy, Novak, Spiros, Vruwink and Tusler,
cosponsored by Senators Olsen, Darling, Harsdorf and Kapenga. Referred
to Committee on Education.
AB471,1,8 1An Act to repeal 118.40 (2r) (e) 3m., 118.40 (2r) (f) 2. and 121.15 (1g) (e); to
2renumber
118.40 (2r) (f) 1.; to renumber and amend 115.7915 (4m) (b),
3118.60 (4) (c) and 119.23 (4) (c); to amend 118.40 (2r) (g) 1. d., 118.40 (2x) (e)
42., 121.15 (1) (a), 121.15 (1) (b) and 121.15 (1) (e); and to create 115.7915 (4m)
5(b) 1. b., 118.40 (2r) (fm), 118.60 (4) (c) 1. b. and 119.23 (4) (c) 1. b. of the statutes;
6relating to: the payment of state aid to school districts and payments to
7operators of independent charter schools and private schools participating in
8a choice program or the Special Needs Scholarship Program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, this bill changes the timing of state aid
payments to school districts and of payments to operators of independent charter
schools, private schools participating in a choice program, and private schools
participating in the Special Needs Scholarship Program.
Under current law, a school district receives 15 percent of its state aid in
September, 25 percent in December, 25 percent in March and 35 percent in June.
Current law also provides an option for a school district to receive its state aid in ten
equal monthly payments from September to June. Under current law, if a school
district opts to receive its state aid in ten equal payments, the school district must

compensate the state for any lost interest. Under the bill, school districts receive
state aid in 12 equal monthly payments. The bill retains the option for a school
district to receive its state aid in ten equal payments but eliminates the requirement
that such a school district compensate the state for any lost interest.
Under current law, the Department of Public Instruction pays annual amounts
due to operators of independent charter schools and to private schools participating
in a choice program or the Special Needs Scholarship Program in four equal
quarterly installments. These installments are paid in September, November,
February, and May. Under the bill, other than for the first school year in which
payments are received, DPI pays operators of independent charter schools and
private schools participating in a choice program or the Special Needs Scholarship
Program in 12 equal monthly installments. For the first school year in which an
operator of an independent charter school or private school participating in a choice
program receives a payment from DPI and for the first year in which a pupil
participates in the Special Needs Scholarship Program, DPI pays the annual amount
due in ten equal monthly installments.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB471,1 1Section 1. 115.7915 (4m) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 115.7915 (4m) (b)
21. a. and amended to read:
AB471,2,63 115.7915 (4m) (b) 1. a. The Except as provided in subd. 1. b., the department
4shall pay 25 percent of the total amount under par. (a) in September, 25 percent in
5November, 25 percent in February, and 25 percent in May
12 equal monthly
6installments
.
AB471,2,8 72. Each installment under this paragraph may consist of a single check for all
8children attending the private school who are receiving a scholarship under par. (a).
AB471,2 9Section 2. 115.7915 (4m) (b) 1. b. of the statutes is created to read:
AB471,3,210 115.7915 (4m) (b) 1. b. During the first school year that a child attends a private
11school under this section, the department shall pay the private school the total

1amount under par. (a) in 10 equal monthly installments, the first of which shall be
2paid in September.
AB471,3 3Section 3. 118.40 (2r) (e) 3m. of the statutes is repealed.
AB471,4 4Section 4. 118.40 (2r) (f) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 118.40 (2r) (f).
AB471,5 5Section 5. 118.40 (2r) (f) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
AB471,6 6Section 6. 118.40 (2r) (fm) of the statutes is created to read:
AB471,3,117 118.40 (2r) (fm) 1. a. Except as provided in subd. 1. b., the department shall
8pay an operator of a charter school the total amount due under par. (e) or (f) in 12
9equal monthly installments. Payments made in July and August shall be calculated
10using the number of pupils who attended the charter school in the previous school
11year.
AB471,3,1512 b. During the first school year that a charter school is in operation, the
13department shall pay the operator of the charter school the total amount due under
14par. (e) or (f) in 10 equal monthly installments, the first of which shall be paid in
15September.
AB471,3,1816 2. Each installment under this paragraph may consist of a single check for all
17pupils attending the charter school. The department shall send installments under
18this paragraph to the operator of the charter school.
AB471,7 19Section 7. 118.40 (2r) (g) 1. d. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB471,3,2120 118.40 (2r) (g) 1. d. Multiply the number of pupils under subd. 1. c. by the per
21pupil amount calculated under par. (f) 1. for that school year.
AB471,8 22Section 8. 118.40 (2x) (e) 2. of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act
23.... (January 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 6), is amended to read:
AB471,4,324 118.40 (2x) (e) 2. The department shall pay 25 percent of an operator of a
25charter school
the total amount required to be paid under this paragraph in

1September, 25 percent in December, 25 percent in February, and 25 percent in June.
2The department shall send the check to the operator of the charter school
the manner
3described in sub. (2r) (fm)
.
AB471,9 4Section 9. 118.60 (4) (c) of the statutes is renumbered 118.60 (4) (c) 1. a. and
5amended to read:
AB471,4,116 118.60 (4) (c) 1. a. The Except as provided in subd. 1. b., the state
7superintendent shall pay 25 percent of the total amount under this subsection in
8September, 25 percent in November, 25 percent in February, and 25 percent in May

912 equal monthly installments. The payments made in July and August shall be
10calculated using the number of pupils enrolled in the private school under this
11section in the previous school year
.
AB471,4,16 122. Each installment under this paragraph may consist of a single check for all
13pupils attending the private school under this section. The state superintendent
14shall include the entire amount under sub. (4m) in the November installment, but
15the payment shall be made in a separate check from the payment under this
16subsection.
AB471,10 17Section 10. 118.60 (4) (c) 1. b. of the statutes is created to read:
AB471,4,2118 118.60 (4) (c) 1. b. During the first school year that a private school participates
19in the program under this section, the state superintendent shall pay the private
20school the total amount under this subsection in 10 equal monthly installments, the
21first of which shall be paid in September.
AB471,11 22Section 11. 119.23 (4) (c) of the statutes is renumbered 119.23 (4) (c) 1. a. and
23amended to read:
AB471,5,424 119.23 (4) (c) 1. a. The Except as provided in subd. 1. b., the state
25superintendent shall pay 25 percent of the total amount under this subsection in

1September, 25 percent in November, 25 percent in February, and 25 percent in May
212 equal monthly installments. The payments made in July and August shall be
3calculated using the number of pupils enrolled in the private school under this
4section in the previous school year
.
AB471,5,9 52. Each installment under this paragraph may consist of a single check for all
6pupils attending the private school under this section. The state superintendent
7shall include the entire amount under sub. (4m) in the November installment, but
8the payment shall be made in a separate check from the payment under this
9subsection.
AB471,12 10Section 12. 119.23 (4) (c) 1. b. of the statutes is created to read:
AB471,5,1411 119.23 (4) (c) 1. b. During the first school year that a private school participates
12in the program under this section, the state superintendent shall pay the private
13school the total amount under this subsection in 10 equal monthly installments, the
14first of which shall be paid in September.
AB471,13 15Section 13. 121.15 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB471,5,1916 121.15 (1) (a) Each school district shall receive 15 percent one-twelfth of its
17total aid entitlement in September, 25 percent of its total aid entitlement in
18December, 25 percent of its total aid entitlement in March and 35 percent of its total
19aid entitlement in June
each month.
AB471,14 20Section 14. 121.15 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB471,5,2521 121.15 (1) (b) For the September payment payments from July to October, the
22total aid entitlement for each district shall be estimated based upon the total aid
23payment in the previous year. The November payment shall be adjusted to account
24for any difference between the total amount paid from July to October and one-third
25of the school district's total aid entitlement for the school year
.
AB471,15
1Section 15. 121.15 (1) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB471,6,62 121.15 (1) (e) Payments under this subsection shall be made on the first
3Monday of the month for the December payment, on the 3rd Monday of the month
4for the September and June payments and on the 4th Monday
Friday of the each
5month for the March payment, except that the July payment may be made on any
6day of that month
.
AB471,16 7Section 16. 121.15 (1g) (e) of the statutes is repealed.
AB471,17 8Section 17. Initial applicability.
AB471,6,99 (1) This act first applies to payments made in the 2018-19 school year.
AB471,6,1010 (End)
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