Comparison with rules in adjacent states: N/A
Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies:
The proposed rule is needed to implement the payment of grants for participation in robotics competitions that was created by 2015 Wisconsin Act 280. Unless a rule is in place, the Department may be prevented from efficiently implementing and administering this program and grant applicants may not have clear guidance on criteria for grant eligibility.
Analysis and supporting documents used to determine effect on small business or in preparation of economic impact report: N/A
Anticipated costs incurred by private sector: N/A
Effect on small business:
The proposed rules will have no significant economic impact on small businesses, as defined in s. 227.114 (1), Stats.
Agency contact person: (including email and telephone)
Budget and Policy Analyst
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Place where comments are to be submitted and deadline for submission:
Comments should be submitted to Carl Bryan using the contact information above. The Department will publish a hearing notice in the Administrative Register which will provide information on the deadline for the submission of comments.
SECTION 1. PI 29 is created to read:
PI 29.01 Purpose. This chapter establishes the procedures and criteria for awarding grants under s. 115.45, Stats.
PI 29.02 Definitions. In this chapter:
(a) “Allowable expense” has the meaning given in s. 115.45 (1) (a), Stats. (b) “Charter school” has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (1), Stats.
(c) “Department” means the Wisconsin department of public instruction.
(d) “Eligible team” has the meaning given in s. 115.45 (1) (b), Stats. (e) “Home-based private educational program” has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (3g), Stats. (f) “Private school” has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (3r), Stats. (g) “Recipient” means an eligible team whose application was approved by the department under s. PI 29.03 (1) (b). (h) “Robotics competition” has the meaning given in s. 115.45 (1) (c), Stats. (i) “School district” has the meaning given in s. 115.01 (3), Stats.
PI 29.03 Applications. An eligible team affiliated with a charter school, home-based private educational program, private school, or school district may apply for a grant to participate in a robotics competition by submitting an application on a form provided by the department. Applications must be received by the department by 11:59 p.m. on October 14, 2016.
PI 29.03 Awards.
(1) Application approval.
(a) The department shall review the applications submitted under s. PI 29.03 to determine which applications are eligible for a grant under this chapter. The department shall approve an application if it is complete and meets all of the requirements of this chapter and s. 115.45, Stats. (b) The department shall determine how much to award each application approved under par. (a). All grants made under this chapter are contingent upon the availability of funds under s. 20.255 (2) (dr), Stats. If the applications approved under par. (a) request more funds than there are available under s. 20.255 (2) (dr), Stats., the department shall prorate the amount it awards to each applicant.
(2) Notifications. The department shall notify each applicant of its determinations under sub. (1).
(3) Grant reporting. A recipient shall do all of the following:
(a) Maintain a record, on a form provided by the department, and supporting documentation for all allowable expenses the recipient incurs.
(b) Maintain a record, on a form provided by the department, and supporting documentation for all matching funds provided by the recipient.
(c) Within 30 days after the recipient completes the robotics competition, submit the documentation required under pars. (a) and (b) to the department.
(4) Distributing awards. The department shall distribute the amount awarded to each recipient under sub. (1) minus any amounts disallowed by the department. The department shall disallow all of the following:
(a) Any amounts unsupported by the documentation required under sub. (3).
(b) Any amounts for which the recipient did not provide matching funds at a rate of not less than 1:1.
SECTION 2. STATEMENT OF EMERGENCY:
FINDING OF EMERGENCY
The Department of Public Instruction finds an emergency exists and that a rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public welfare. A statement of the facts constituting the emergency is:
2015 Wisconsin Act 280 created s. 115.45, Stats., to provide grants for participation in robotics competitions. The effective date of the Act is March 27, 2016, and it is in effect for the 2016-17 school year. An emergency rule is necessary in order for the Department to administer the program in the 2016-17 school year.
SECTION 15. EFFECTIVE DATE:
The rules contained in this order shall take effect upon publication as emergency rules pursuant to the authority granted by s. 227.24, Stats.