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SB293,20 4Section 20. 118.30 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,14,85 118.30 (2) (c) The results of examinations administered under this section or
6under 20 USC 6311 (b) (3) (2) to pupils enrolled in public schools, including charter
7schools, may not be used as the sole reason to discharge, suspend, or formally
8discipline a teacher or as the sole reason for the nonrenewal of a teacher's contract.
SB293,21 9Section 21. 118.56 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,14,1410 118.56 (1) Require a pupil in the program to work at least 280 hours per school
11year for an employer that complies with sub. (3). Hours of instruction may not be
12used to satisfy the work requirements under this subsection. Hours that fulfill the
13work requirements under this subsection shall be counted as hours of direct pupil
14instruction, as provided under ss. 118.60 (2) (a) 8. and 119.23 (2) (a) 8.
SB293,22 15Section 22. 118.60 (1) (ab) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,14,2316 118.60 (1) (ab) “Accrediting entity" means Wisconsin North Central
17Association
AdvancED, Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools
18Accreditation, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Wisconsin
19Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation, National Lutheran School
20Accreditation, Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, Christian Schools
21International, Association of Christian Schools International, the diocese or
22archdiocese within which a private school is located, and any other organization
23recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
SB293,23 24Section 23. 118.60 (2) (a) 1. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
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1118.60 (2) (a) 1. a. Except as provided in par. (bm), the pupil is a member of a
2family that has a total family income that does not exceed an amount equal to 3.0
3times the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the
4director of the federal office of management and budget. In this subdivision and sub.
5(3m), family income includes income of the pupil's parents or legal guardians. Except
6as provided in subd. 1. c. and d., the family income of the pupil shall be verified as
7provided in subd. 1. b. A pupil attending a private school under this section whose
8family income increases may continue to attend a private school under this section.
SB293,24 9Section 24. 118.60 (2) (a) 1. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,16,1610 118.60 (2) (a) 1. b. The private school or the pupil's parent or guardian submits
11to the department of public instruction the names, addresses, social security
12numbers, and other state and federal tax identification numbers, if any, of the pupil's
13parents or legal guardians that reside in the same household as the pupil, whether
14and to whom the parents or legal guardians are married, the names of all of the other
15members of the pupil's family residing in the same household as the pupil, and the
16school year for which family income is being verified under this subd. 1. b. The
17department of revenue shall review the information submitted under this subd. 1.
18b. and shall verify the eligibility or ineligibility of the pupil to participate in the
19program under this section on the basis of family income. In this subdivision, “family
20income" means federal adjusted gross income of the parents or legal guardians
21residing in the same household as the pupil for the tax year preceding the school year
22for which family income is being verified under this subd. 1. b. or, if not available, for
23the tax year preceding the tax year preceding the school year for which family income
24is being verified under this subd. 1. b. Family income for a family in which the pupil's
25parents are married or in which the pupil's legal guardians are married shall be

1reduced by $7,000 before the verification is made under this subd. 1. b. The
2department of revenue may take no other action on the basis of the information
3submitted under this subd. 1. b. If the department of revenue is unable to verify
4family income or to verify whether the pupil is eligible or ineligible to participate in
5the program under this section on the basis of family income, the department of
6revenue shall notify the department of public instruction, the private school, and the
7pupil's parent or guardian
of this fact and the department of public instruction shall
8utilize an alternative process, to be established by the department of public
9instruction, to determine whether the pupil is eligible to participate in the program
10under this section on the basis of family income. The department of public
11instruction may not request any additional verification of income from the family of
12a pupil once the department of revenue has verified that the pupil is eligible to
13participate in the program under this section on the basis of family income. The
14department of public instruction shall establish a procedure for determining family
15income eligibility for those pupils for whom no social security number or state or
16federal tax identification number has been provided.
SB293,25 17Section 25. 118.60 (2) (a) 1. d. of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,16,2318 118.60 (2) (a) 1. d. The family income of a pupil does not need to be verified
19under subd. 1. b. for a pupil who resided in a 1st class city school district in a school
20year, attended a participating private school in a 1st class city school district under
21the program under s. 119.23 in that school year, and applies to attend a participating
22private school in an eligible school district in the school year immediately following
23that school year.
SB293,26 24Section 26. 118.60 (2) (a) 2. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
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1118.60 (2) (a) 2. (intro.) For a pupil that resides in an eligible school district,
2the
The pupil satisfies one or more of the following:
SB293,27 3Section 27. 118.60 (2) (a) 2. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,17,54 118.60 (2) (a) 2. a. The pupil was enrolled in a public school in an eligible school
5district
in the previous school year.
SB293,28 6Section 28. 118.60 (2) (a) 2. c. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,17,87 118.60 (2) (a) 2. c. The pupil attended a private school under this section or s.
8119.23
in the previous school year.
SB293,29 9Section 29. 118.60 (2) (a) 2. e. of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,17,1110 118.60 (2) (a) 2. e. The pupil attended a school in another state in the previous
11school year.
SB293,30 12Section 30. 118.60 (2) (a) 2. f. of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,17,1413 118.60 (2) (a) 2. f. The pupil was on a waiting list to attend a private school
14under this section or s. 119.23 during the previous school year.
SB293,31 15Section 31. 118.60 (2) (a) 2m. of the statutes is repealed.
SB293,32 16Section 32. 118.60 (2) (a) 3g. of the statutes is renumbered 118.60 (7m) (a) 2.
17and amended to read:
SB293,18,418 118.60 (7m) (a) 2. By May 1 before the first term of participation in the program
19under this section, the private school submits to the department, on a form provided
20by the department, a
A complete anticipated budget, on a form provided by the
21department,
for the first fiscal period of participation in the program under this
22section and evidence of financial viability, as prescribed by the department by rule.
23The governing body private school shall include on the completed form in the budget
24the
anticipated enrollments for all pupils enrolled in the private school and for pupils
25enrolled in the private school under this section; estimated revenues and costs; a

1schedule of anticipated beginning and ending net choice program assets; and a
2schedule of monthly cash flow requirements. The governing body private school
3shall include in the budget contingent funding sources the private school will use in
4the event that actual enrollments are less than expected.
SB293,33 5Section 33. 118.60 (2) (a) 8. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,18,116 118.60 (2) (a) 8. Notwithstanding s. 118.165 (1) (c), the private school annually
7provides at least 1,050 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1 to 6 and at least
81,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12. Hours provided under this
9subdivision include recess and time for pupils to transfer between classes but do not
10include the lunch periods. Annually, no more than 140 hours of work under s. 118.56
11may be counted as hours of direct pupil instruction.
SB293,34 12Section 34. 118.60 (2) (ag) 2. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,18,1613 118.60 (2) (ag) 2. a. By August 1 of the school year immediately preceding the
14school year in which the new private school intends to participate in the program
15under this section, submit to the department the information required under sub.
16(6m)
(6p) (a) and (c) (b).
SB293,35 17Section 35. 118.60 (2) (ag) 3. of the statutes is repealed.
SB293,36 18Section 36. 118.60 (3) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,19,719 118.60 (3) (a) (intro.) The pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian shall submit
20an application, on a form provided by the state superintendent, to the participating
21private school that the pupil wishes to attend. If more than one pupil from the same
22family applies to attend the same private school, the pupils may use a single
23application. Within No later than 60 days after receiving the application the end of
24the application period during which an application is received and subject to par. (ar)
,
25the private school shall notify each applicant, in writing, whether his or her

1application has been accepted. If the private school rejects an application, the notice
2shall include the reason. Subject to par. (ar), a private school may reject an applicant
3only if it has reached its maximum general capacity or seating capacity. Except as
4provided in par. (ar), the state superintendent shall ensure that the private school
5determines which pupils to accept on a random basis, except that the private school
6may give preference to the following in accepting applications, in the order of
7preference listed:
SB293,37 8Section 37. 118.60 (3) (a) 1m. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,19,109 118.60 (3) (a) 1m. Pupils who attended the private school under this section or
10s. 119.23
during the previous school year.
SB293,38 11Section 38. 118.60 (3) (ar) (intro.) of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,19,1412 118.60 (3) (ar) (intro.) All of the following apply to applications to attend a
13private school under this section only if the limitation under sub. (2) (be) applies to
14the school year for which the application is made:
SB293,39 15Section 39. 118.60 (3) (ar) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,19,2016 118.60 (3) (ar) 1. In the 2015-16 school year and any school year thereafter, a
17A private school that has submitted a notice of intent to participate under sub. (2)
18(a) 3. a. may accept applications for the following school year between February 1 and
19April 20 from pupils who reside in a school district, other than an eligible school
20district or a 1st class city school district.
SB293,40 21Section 40. 118.60 (3) (ar) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,20,222 118.60 (3) (ar) 2. By May 1, 2016, and by the May 1 of any school year thereafter
23immediately following the application period under subd. 1., each private school that
24received applications under subd. 1. shall report to the department the number of
25pupils who have applied under subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section

1and the names of those applicants that have siblings who have also applied under
2subd. 1. to attend the private school under this section.
SB293,41 3Section 41. 118.60 (3) (ar) 3. (intro.) and b. of the statutes are consolidated,
4renumbered 118.60 (3) (ar) 3. and amended to read:
SB293,20,155 118.60 (3) (ar) 3. Annually, upon receipt of the information under subd. 2., the
6department shall, for each school district, determine the sum of all applicants for
7pupils residing in that school district under this paragraph. In determining the sum,
8the department shall count a pupil who has applied to attend more than one private
9school under the program only once. After determining the sum of all applicants for
10pupils residing in a school district, the department shall do one of the following: b.
11Annually, if the total number of applicants exceeds the school district's pupil
12participation limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall
determine which
13applications to accept on a random basis, except that the department shall give
14preference to the applications of pupils described in s. 118.60 (3) (a) 1m. to 5., in the
15order of preference listed in that paragraph.
SB293,42 16Section 42. 118.60 (3) (ar) 3. a. and am. of the statutes are repealed.
SB293,43 17Section 43. 118.60 (3) (ar) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,20,2118 118.60 (3) (ar) 4. For each school district in which private schools received
19applications under subd. 1. that exceeded the school district's pupil participation
20limit under sub. (2) (be), the department shall establish a waiting list in accordance
21with the preferences required under subd. 3. b.
SB293,44 22Section 44. 118.60 (3) (ar) 6. of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,21,223 118.60 (3) (ar) 6. In the 2017-18 school year and any school year thereafter,
24between the first weekday in August and the 3rd Friday in August, the department
25may transfer a pupil's application to attend a private school under this section in the

1current school year to a private school that accepted applications from pupils under
2subd. 1. for the current school year, if all of the following apply:
SB293,21,53 a. A participating private school accepted an application from the pupil for the
4current school year under subd. 1. and verified that the pupil is eligible to attend a
5private school under this section.
SB293,21,86 b. The pupil's residence changed between April 21 and the 3rd Friday in August
7and the pupil continues to reside in a school district other than an eligible school
8district or a 1st class city school district.
SB293,21,109 c. The participating private school to which the pupil's application is
10transferred under this subdivision has space available in the pupil's grade.
SB293,21,1311 d. The total number of pupils residing in the pupil's resident school district
12attending a private school under this section during the current school year does not
13exceed the school district's pupil participation limit under sub. (2) (be).
SB293,45 14Section 45. 118.60 (3) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,22,215 118.60 (3) (c) If a participating private school rejects an applicant who resides
16in a school district, other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school
17district, because the private school has too few available spaces, the applicant may
18transfer his or her application to a participating private school that has space
19available. An applicant who is rejected under this paragraph or an applicant who
20is on the waiting list under sub. (3) (ar) 4.
may, subject to sub. (2) (be) and (bm), be
21admitted to a private school participating in the program under this section for the
22following school year, provided that the applicant continues to reside in a school
23district other than an eligible school district or a 1st class city school district. The
24department may not require, in that following school year, the private school to
25submit financial information regarding the applicant or to verify the eligibility of the

1applicant to participate in the program under this section on the basis of family
2income
.
SB293,46 3Section 46. 118.60 (3m) (am) 1. h. of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,22,44 118.60 (3m) (am) 1. h. Room and board at the private school.
SB293,47 5Section 47. 118.60 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,22,96 118.60 (4) (a) Annually, on or before October 1 September 15, a private school
7participating in the program under this section shall file with the department a
8report stating its summer daily attendance for each day of summer school for the
9purpose of sub. (4m).
SB293,48 10Section 48. 118.60 (4v) of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,22,1411 118.60 (4v) (a) The department may consider a pupil enrolled in a private
12school participating in the program under this section who satisfies all of the
13following as a resident of an eligible school district who is enrolled in the private
14school under this section:
SB293,22,1715 1. The pupil was a resident of a school district, other than an eligible school
16district or a 1st class city school district, when the pupil applied to participate in the
17program under this section.
SB293,22,2018 2. The pupil accepted a space at a private school participating in the program
19under this section as a resident of a school district, other than an eligible school
20district or a 1st class city school district.
SB293,22,2121 3. The pupil resides in an eligible school district on the 3rd Friday in September.
SB293,22,2322 4. The private school the pupil is attending under this section accepts
23applications under this section from pupils who reside in an eligible school district.
SB293,23,224 (b) If the department considers a pupil as a resident of an eligible school district
25under par. (a), the department shall ensure that the pupil is not counted for purposes

1of determining whether a school district has exceeded its pupil participation limit
2under sub. (2) (be).
SB293,49 3Section 49. 118.60 (6m) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,23,54 118.60 (6m) (b) (intro.) Annually, by August 1st 1, provide to the department
5the material specified in par. (a) and all of the following information:
SB293,50 6Section 50. 118.60 (6m) (b) 1. and 2. of the statutes are repealed.
SB293,51 7Section 51. 118.60 (6m) (b) 4. of the statutes is repealed.
SB293,52 8Section 52. 118.60 (6m) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,23,109 118.60 (6m) (bm) Upon request of the department, provide a copy of any policy
10described in par. (a) and the academic standards adopted under sub. (7) (b) 2.
SB293,53 11Section 53. 118.60 (6m) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,23,1512 118.60 (6m) (c) Provide Upon an individual joining the private school's
13governing body, provide
to the department a signed statement from each the
14individual who is a member of the private school's governing body verifying that the
15individual is a member of the governing body.
SB293,54 16Section 54. 118.60 (6p) of the statutes is created to read:
SB293,23,2017 118.60 (6p) In addition to the requirements under sub. (6m), a private school
18that is not a new private school and that did not participate in the program under
19this section or s. 119.23 in the previous school year shall submit to the department
20all of the following:
SB293,23,2321 (a) By January 10 of the school year immediately preceding the school year in
22which the private school intends to participate in the program under this section, all
23of the following:
SB293,23,2424 1. The information required under sub. (6m) (a).
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12. A signed statement from each individual who is a member of the private
2school's governing body verifying that the individual is a member of the governing
3body.
SB293,24,64 (b) By August 1 of the school year in which the private school intends to
5participate in the program under this section, a copy of the academic standards
6adopted under sub. (7) (b) 2.
SB293,55 7Section 55. 118.60 (7) (a) of the statutes is repealed.
SB293,56 8Section 56. 118.60 (7) (am) 2m. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,25,159 118.60 (7) (am) 2m. a. An independent financial audit of the private school
10conducted by an independent certified public accountant, accompanied by the
11auditor's statement that the report is free of material misstatements and fairly
12presents the private school's eligible education expenses, and beginning in the 2nd
13school year a private school participates in the program under this section, a copy of
14a management letter prepared by the auditor. The If the private school annually
15received a total of at least $100,000 under this section and ss. 115.7915 and 119.23
16in any school year, the
audit shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted
17accounting principles with allowable modifications for long-term fixed assets. If the
18private school has not annually received a total of at least $100,000 under this section
19and ss. 115.7915 and 119.23 in any school year, the audit shall be prepared as
20prescribed by the department by rule.
The audit shall include a calculation of the
21private school's net eligible education expenses and a calculation of the balance of the
22private school's fund for future eligible education expenses. The auditor shall
23conduct his or her audit, including determining sample sizes and evaluating
24financial viability, in accordance with the auditing standards established by the
25American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The department may not

1require an auditor to comply with standards that exceed the scope of the standards
2established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. If a private
3school participating in a program under this section is part of an organization and
4the private school and the organization share assets, liabilities, or eligible education
5expenses, the private school may submit an audit of the private school or of the
6organization of which it is a part. If a private school that is part of an organization
7with which it shares assets, liabilities, or eligible education expenses submits an
8audit of only the private school, the independent auditor shall use his or her
9professional judgment to allocate any shared assets, liabilities, and eligible
10education expenses between the organization and the private school. If a private
11school participating in the program under this section also accepts pupils under s.
12115.7915 or 119.23, the private school may submit one comprehensive financial audit
13to satisfy the requirements of this subdivision and s. ss. 115.7915 (6) (e) and 119.23
14(7) (am) 2m., whichever are applicable. The private school shall include in the
15comprehensive financial audit the information specified under s. 119.23 (7) (am) 2m.
SB293,57 16Section 57. 118.60 (7) (an) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,25,2417 118.60 (7) (an) 1. A private school participating in the program under this
18section shall maintain a cash and investment balance that is at least equal to its
19reserve balance. If a private school does not maintain a cash and investment balance
20that is at least equal to its reserve balance, the private school shall refund the reserve
21balance to the department.
If a private school ceases to participate in or is barred
22from the program under this section and s. 119.23 and the private school's reserve
23balance is positive, the private school shall refund the reserve balance to the
24department.
SB293,58 25Section 58. 118.60 (7) (ao) of the statutes is repealed.
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1Section 59. 118.60 (7) (d) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,26,82 118.60 (7) (d) (intro.) By September 1 before the first school term of
3participation in the program that begins in the 2013-14 school year, by
August 1
4before the first school term of participation in the program that begins in the 2014-15
5school year or any school year thereafter, or by May 1 if the private school begins
6participating in the program during summer school, each private school
7participating in the program under this section shall submit to the department all
8of the following:
SB293,60 9Section 60. 118.60 (7) (d) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
SB293,61 10Section 61. 118.60 (7) (em) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB293,26,1911 118.60 (7) (em) 1. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the The governing
12body of each private school participating in the program under this section shall,
13subject to subd. 2., annually, by January 15 August 1, provide the department with
14evidence demonstrating that the private school remains accredited for the current
15school year as required under par. (ad), except that in the 2017-18 school year the
16governing body shall submit the evidence by January 15, 2018
. The governing body
17shall include as evidence of accreditation a letter prepared by an accrediting entity
18that confirms that the private school is accredited by that entity as of the date of the
19letter.
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