INTERSTATE AGREEMENT ON QUALIFICATION
OF EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL
Article I - Purpose, Findings, and Policy. 115.46(1)(a)
The states party to this agreement, desiring by common action to improve their respective school systems by utilizing the teacher or other professional educational person wherever educated, declare that it is the policy of each of them, on the basis of cooperation with one another, to take advantage of the preparation and experience of such persons wherever gained, thereby serving the best interests of society, of education, and of the teaching profession. It is the purpose of this agreement to provide for the development and execution of such programs of cooperation as will facilitate the movement of teachers and other professional educational personnel among the states party to it, and to authorize specific interstate educational personnel contracts to achieve that end.
The party states find that included in the large movement of population among all sections of the nation are many qualified educational personnel who move for family and other personal reasons but who are hindered in using their professional skill and experience in their new locations. Variations from state to state in requirements for qualifying educational personnel discourage such personnel from taking the steps necessary to qualify in other states. As a consequence, a significant number of professionally prepared and experienced educators is lost to our school systems. Facilitating the employment of qualified educational personnel, without reference to their states of origin, can increase the available educational resources. Participation in this compact can increase the availability of educational manpower.
Article II - Definitions.
As used in this agreement and contracts made pursuant to it, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
“Accept", or any variant thereof, means to recognize and give effect to one or more determinations of another state relating to the qualifications of educational personnel in lieu of making or requiring a like determination that would otherwise be required by or pursuant to the laws of a receiving state.
“Designated state official" means the education official of a state selected by that state to negotiate and enter into, on behalf of that state, contracts pursuant to this agreement.
“Educational personnel" means persons who must meet requirements pursuant to state law as a condition of employment in educational programs.
“Originating state" means a state, and the subdivisions of the state, if any, whose determination that certain educational personnel are qualified to be employed for specific duties in schools is acceptable in accordance with the terms of a contract made pursuant to sub. (3)
“Receiving state" means a state, and the subdivisions of the state, that accepts educational personnel in accordance with the terms of a contract made pursuant to sub. (3)
“State" means a state, territory, or possession of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Article III - Interstate Educational Personnel Contracts. 115.46(3)(a)(a)
The designated state official of a party state may make one or more contracts on behalf of the official's state with one or more party states providing for the acceptance of educational personnel. Any such contract for the period of its duration shall be applicable to and binding on the states whose designated state officials enter into it, and the subdivisions of those states, with the same force and effect as if incorporated in this agreement. A designated state official may enter into a contract pursuant to this subsection only with states in which the official finds that there are programs of education, certification standards or other acceptable qualifications that assure preparation or qualification of educational personnel on a basis sufficiently comparable, even though not identical to that prevailing in the official's own state.
The criteria to be applied by an originating state in qualifying educational personnel for acceptance by a receiving state.
Such waivers, substitutions, and conditional acceptances as shall aid the practical effectuation of the contract without sacrifice of basic educational standards.
No contract made pursuant to this agreement shall be for a term longer than 5 years but any such contract may be renewed for like or lesser periods.
Any contract dealing with acceptance of educational personnel on the basis of their having completed an educational program shall specify the earliest date or dates on which originating state approval of the program or programs involved can have occurred. No contract made pursuant to this agreement shall require acceptance by a receiving state of any persons qualified because of successful completion of a program prior to January 1, 1954.
The certification or other acceptance of a person who has been accepted pursuant to the terms of a contract shall not be revoked or otherwise impaired because the contract has expired or been terminated. However, any certificate or other qualifying document may be revoked or suspended on any ground which would be sufficient for revocation or suspension of a certificate or other qualifying document initially granted or approved in the receiving state.
A contract committee composed of the designated state officials of the contracting states or their representatives shall keep the contract under continuous review, study means of improving its administration, and report no less frequently than once a year to the heads of the appropriate education agencies of the contracting states.
Article IV - Approved and Accepted Programs. 115.46(4)(a)
Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to repeal or otherwise modify any law or regulation of a party state relating to the approval of programs of educational preparation having effect solely on the qualification of educational personnel within that state.
To the extent that contracts made pursuant to this agreement deal with the educational requirements for the proper qualification of educational personnel, acceptance of a program of educational preparation shall be in accordance with such procedures and requirements as may be provided in the applicable contract.
Article V - Interstate Cooperation.
The party states agree that:
They will, so far as practicable, prefer the making of multilateral contracts under sub. (3)
They will facilitate and strengthen cooperation in interstate certification and other elements of educational personnel qualification and for this purpose shall cooperate with agencies, organizations, and associations interested in certification and other elements of educational personnel qualification.
Article VI - Agreement Evaluation.
The designated state officials of any party states may meet from time to time as a group to evaluate progress under the agreement, and to formulate recommendations for changes.
Article VII - Other Arrangements.
Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to prevent or inhibit other arrangements or practices of any party state or states to facilitate the interchange of educational personnel.
Article VIII - Effect and Withdrawal. 115.46(8)(a)
This agreement shall become effective when enacted into law by 2 states. Thereafter it shall become effective as to any state upon its enactment of this agreement.
Any party state may withdraw from this agreement by enacting a statute repealing the same, but no such withdrawal shall take effect until one year after the governor of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to the governors of all other party states.
No withdrawal shall relieve the withdrawing state of any obligation imposed upon it by a contract to which it is a party. The duration of contracts and the methods and conditions of withdrawal therefrom shall be those specified in their terms.
Article IX - Construction and Severability.
This agreement shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof. The provisions of this agreement shall be severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this agreement is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any state or of the United States, or the application thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this agreement and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. If this agreement shall be held contrary to the constitution of any state participating therein, the agreement shall remain in full force and effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters.
Designated state official under agreement.
The “designated state official" for this state under s. 115.46
shall be the state superintendent.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
Contracts under agreement.
True copies of all contracts made on behalf of this state pursuant to the agreement shall be kept on file in the department and in the office of the secretary of state. The department shall publish all such contracts in convenient form.
History: 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 27
WISCONSIN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PROGRAM FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING AND WISCONSIN CENTER FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
In this subchapter:
“Hearing impaired" has the meaning given in the rules promulgated by the state superintendent to define “hearing impairments" under s. 115.76 (5) (a) 2.
“Visually impaired" means loss of vision, or blindness, as described in the rule promulgated by the state superintendent to define “visual impairments" for the purposes of s. 115.76 (5) (a) 4.
Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 115.52(1)(1)
In this section, “program" means the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The purpose of the program is to serve as a statewide educational resource relating to hearing impairments to benefit all Wisconsin children who are hearing impaired.
The state superintendent shall maintain and govern the program's facilities. The state superintendent shall appoint an individual who has training and experience in educating pupils who are hearing impaired to serve as the director of the program.
The program shall provide services that benefit children throughout the state who are hearing impaired.
115.52(3)(a)1.1. `Residents 3 to 20 years old.'
The program shall operate a school at which any resident of this state 3 to 20 years old who is hearing impaired, and for the duration of a school term any resident of this state who is hearing impaired and becomes 21 years old during that school term, shall be received and taught free of charge if the individualized education program for the resident under s. 115.787
and the educational placement under s. 115.79
specify the school operated by the program as the appropriate placement.
2. `Residents 21 years old or older.'
The state superintendent may admit to the school operated by the program a resident of the state who is hearing impaired and is 21 years of age or older prior to the beginning of a school term upon the payment of fees fixed by the state superintendent and upon the recommendation of the secretary of health services, the director of the technical college system, or the director of the program.
A nonresident of this state, who is hearing impaired, who either is 3 to 20 years old or becomes 21 years old during a school term, whose individualized education program under 20 USC 1414
(d) and educational placement specify the school operated by the program as the appropriate placement, and who is capable of receiving instruction may be received at the school upon payment in advance of the fees fixed by the state superintendent, but no nonresident may be received to the exclusion of a resident pupil.
4. `Pupil use of residential facilities.'
Except as provided in sub. (4)
, the director of the program shall make the residential facilities of the program available to all pupils received at the school operated by the program.
5. `School term.'
The state superintendent shall fix the period of the school term at the school operated by the program at not less than 38 weeks, prescribe the school sessions, and confer diplomas upon meritorious pupils who have completed the prescribed curriculum. Pursuant to a pupil's individualized education program under s. 115.787
, a pupil may be placed at the school for less than a school term.
The program may provide transportation for resident pupils at the school operated by the program.
Other statewide services.
The program may do any of the following:
Provide evaluation services to assist local educational agencies, cooperative educational service agencies, county children with disabilities education boards, private schools, tribal schools, and others.
Provide technical assistance and consultation services to local educational agencies, cooperative educational service agencies, county children with disabilities education boards, private schools, tribal schools, and others.
Develop and disseminate curriculum and instructional materials.
Provide in-service and other training to teachers and other staff serving pupils who are hearing impaired.
Provide training, technical assistance, and consultation services for parents of children who are hearing impaired and for professionals who work with children who are hearing impaired.
Provide access to educational materials to children who are hearing impaired.
Serve as a clearinghouse for information about children who are hearing impaired.
Teach American sign language, and teach other subjects using American sign language, through the use of distance education technology.
Rent or lease technological materials and assistive technology devices, as defined in s. 115.76 (1)
, to local educational agencies, cooperative educational service agencies, county children with disabilities education boards, private schools, and tribal schools.
Facilitate the preparation of teachers of pupils who are hearing impaired by providing assistance to teacher preparation programs.
Provide other statewide services that relate to the education of children who are hearing impaired.
115.52(3)(c)1.1. `Birth to 3 services.'
The program may provide instruction or services, or both, for children who are under the age of 3 and are hearing impaired and their parents. The instruction or services are subject to the approval of, and shall comply with requirements established by, the department.
Educational media and materials acquired by the program constitute a circulating collection for persons who are hearing impaired. The collection shall be kept at the program's facility and be under the supervision of its director. All school age children of the state who are hearing impaired may use the media and materials upon compliance with criteria established by the director of the program and approved by the state superintendent.
3. `Summer programs.'
The program shall provide summer programs each year for children who are hearing impaired.
4. `Independent living skills.'
With the approval of the state superintendent, the program may allow individuals to receive instruction in and practice independent living skills in state-owned housing at the program's facility in Delavan.
Provision of services.
In addition to providing services at the program's facility in Delavan, the program may provide services at any location in the state and may operate regional satellite facilities throughout the state to provide services.
All pupils in the program may equally and freely enjoy the benefits and privileges of the program, have the use of the library and books of instruction, and receive board, lodging, and linens, without discrimination, except that the director of the program may determine that board, lodging, and linens may not be provided to an individual because appropriate services are not available for that individual at the program's residential facilities.
The state superintendent may charge for meals, living quarters, laundry, and other services furnished to employees of the program and their families. The state superintendent may charge for services furnished to visitors to the program's facilities and participants in training programs and institutes.
Leasing of space.
The state superintendent may lease space at the program's facilities in Delavan that is not required by the program to any person if the state superintendent determines that the use will not be inconsistent with the operation of the program.
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 115.525(1)(1)
In this section, “center" means the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The purpose of the center is to serve as a statewide educational resource relating to visual impairments to benefit all Wisconsin children who are visually impaired.
The state superintendent shall maintain and govern the center. The state superintendent shall appoint an individual who has training and experience in educating pupils who are visually impaired to serve as the director of the center.
The center shall provide services that benefit children throughout the state who are visually impaired.