2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 27, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Schachtner, Olsen,
Carpenter, Johnson, Miller and L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives
Stubbs, Kitchens, Anderson, Bowen, Mursau, Neylon, Ohnstad, Pope,
Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, Tusler, Zamarripa, Brostoff and Stuck.
Referred to Committee on Government Operations, Technology and
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (dq) and 115.453 of the statutes; relating to: a
2science competition participation grant pilot program and making an
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. Under the bill, these
grants are available until June 30, 2021.
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 5
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. No moneys may 4
be encumbered from this appropriation after June 30, 2021.
115.453 of the statutes is created to read:
6115.453 Science competition participation grant pilot program. (1)
(a) “Allowable expenses" includes fees, kits, and supplies required to 9
participate in a science competition, travel expenses to a science competition for 10
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 12
of the grades 6 through 12 and at least one mentor.
(c) “Science competition" means a competition that requires participating 14
teams to compete in a challenge of science, technology, engineering, and math and 15
that is sponsored by a nonstock, nonprofit corporation, described under section 501 16
(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 18
the quality of elementary and secondary science education, increasing male, female,
and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and 2
providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both pupils and teachers.
(a) By no later than April 1, 2020, the department shall notify school boards, 4
operators of charter schools under s. 118.40 (2r) and (2x), governing bodies of private 5
schools, and administrators of home-based private educational programs that 6
applications for grants under this section will be accepted from eligible teams 7
through a date set forth in the notice. As a condition of receiving a grant under this 8
section, an eligible team shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department that 9
the eligible team will provide matching funds in an amount equal to the amount 10
awarded under this section.
(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (dq), the department shall award 12
a grant of up to $5,000 to each eligible team selected from the applicants under par. 13
(a). Grant funds awarded under this section may be applied only towards allowable 14
The department shall publish on its Internet site a list of grant recipients 16
and submit to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 17
(3) a report on the program under this section.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 20
publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later.