2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Science Olympiad grant program
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
March 22, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Berceau, Sinicki, Sargent,
Anderson, Spreitzer, C. Taylor, Shankland and Subeck, cosponsored by
Senators Schachtner and Risser. Referred to Committee on Science and
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (dq) and 115.453 of the statutes; relating to: science
2competition participation grants and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to award grants to
teams of pupils in the 6th through 12th grades for the purpose of participating in
science competitions. As a condition of receiving a grant, a team of pupils must
demonstrate that it will provide funds to match the grant amount. DPI may not
award a grant for this purpose in amount that exceeds $5,000.
For further information see the state 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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 4
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.255 (2) (dq) of the statutes is created to read:
(dq) Science competition participation grants.
The amounts in the 3
schedule for grants to science competition teams under s. 115.453.
115.453 of the statutes is created to read:
5115.453 Science competition participation grant program. (1)
In this 6
(a) “Allowable expenses" includes fees, kits, and supplies required to 8
participate in a science competition, travel expenses to a science competition for 9
eligible team members, and a stipend for the mentor of an eligible team.
(b) “Eligible team" means a science competition team consisting of pupils in any 11
of the grades 6 through 12 and at least one mentor.
(c) “Science competition" means a competition that requires participating 13
teams to compete in a challenge of science, technology, engineering, and math and 14
that is sponsored by a nonstock, nonprofit corporation, described under section 501 15
(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501
of the Internal Revenue Code, having among its organizational purposes improving 17
the quality of elementary and secondary science education, increasing male, female, 18
and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and 19
providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both pupils and teachers.
****Note: Please confirm this definition is consistent with your intent. I found the
organizational purposes on the national Science Olympiad website. Please confirm that
these organizational purposes are consistent withe the state Science Olympiad
organization, as the state organization sponsors many local competitions. Also, can you
provide more information about the competitions for which you intend to provide grants?
As drafted, the description is quite broad and may include competitions other than
Science Olympiad competitions.
(a) Annually, the department shall notify school boards, operators of charter 2
schools under s. 118.40 (2r) and (2x), governing bodies of private schools, and 3
administrators of home-based private educational programs that applications for 4
grants under this section will be accepted from eligible teams through a date set forth 5
in the notice. As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, an applicant 6
eligible team shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department that the 7
applicant eligible team will provide matching funds in an amount equal to the 8
amount awarded under this section.
(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (dq), the department shall award 10
a grant of up to $5,000 to each eligible team selected from the applicants under par. 11
(a). Grant funds awarded under this section may be applied only towards allowable 12
The department shall publish on its Internet site a list of grant recipients 14
and submit to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 15
(3) a report on the program under this section.