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118.33(6) (6)
118.33(6)(a)1.1. Each school board shall adopt a written policy specifying the criteria for promoting a pupil from the 4th grade to the 5th grade and from the 8th grade to the 9th grade. The criteria shall include the pupil's score on the examination administered under s. 118.30 (1m) (a) or (am) or s. 118.301 (3), unless the pupil has been excused from taking the examination under s. 118.30 (2) (b); the pupil's academic performance; the recommendations of teachers, which shall be based solely on the pupil's academic performance; and any other academic criteria specified by the school board. Except as provided in par. (b) 1. and 3., the criteria apply to pupils enrolled in charter schools located in the school district.
118.33(6)(a)2. 2. Except as provided in par. (b) 2. and 3., a school board may not promote a 4th grade pupil enrolled in the school district, including a pupil enrolled in a charter school located in the school district, to the 5th grade, and may not promote an 8th grade pupil enrolled in the school district, including a pupil enrolled in a charter school located in the school district, to the 9th grade, unless the pupil satisfies the criteria for promotion specified in the school board's policy adopted under subd. 1.
118.33(6)(b)1.1. Each operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) shall adopt a written policy specifying the criteria for promoting a pupil from the 4th grade to the 5th grade and from the 8th grade to the 9th grade. The criteria shall include the pupil's score on the examination administered under s. 118.30 (1r) (a) or (am) or s. 118.301 (3), unless the pupil has been excused from taking the examination under s. 118.30 (2) (b); the pupil's academic performance; the recommendations of teachers, which shall be based solely on the pupil's academic performance; and any other academic criteria specified by the operator of the charter school.
118.33(6)(b)2. 2. Beginning on September 1, 2002, an operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) may not promote a 4th grade pupil to the 5th grade, and may not promote an 8th grade pupil to the 9th grade, unless the pupil satisfies the criteria for promotion specified in the charter school operator's policy under subd. 1.
118.33(6)(b)3. 3. If a school board enters into an agreement with a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state to establish a charter school, the criteria specified in the policy adopted by that school board under par. (a) 1. apply to pupils enrolled in the charter school and that school board is subject to the prohibitions in par. (a) 2. with respect to pupils enrolled in the charter school, regardless of the location of the charter school.
118.33(6)(c)1.1. The governing body of each private school participating in the program under s. 119.23 shall adopt a written policy specifying criteria for promoting a pupil who is attending the private school under s. 119.23 from the 4th grade to the 5th grade and from the 8th grade to the 9th grade. The criteria shall include the pupil's score on the examination administered under s. 118.30 (1s) (a) or (b) or s. 118.301 (3), unless the pupil has been excused from taking the examination under s. 118.30 (2) (b); the pupil's academic performance; the recommendations of teachers, which shall be based solely on the pupil's academic performance; and any other academic criteria specified by the governing body of the private school.
118.33(6)(c)2. 2. The governing body of a private school participating in the program under s. 119.23 may not promote a 4th grade pupil who is attending the private school under s. 119.23 to the 5th grade, and may not promote an 8th grade pupil who is attending the private school under s. 119.23 to the 9th grade, unless the pupil satisfies the criteria for promotion specified in the governing body's policy under subd. 1.
118.33(6)(cm)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., beginning on September 1, 2011, a school board may not enroll a child in the first grade in a school in the school district, including in a charter school located in the school district, unless the child has completed 5-year-old kindergarten. Each school board that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall adopt a written policy specifying the criteria for promoting a pupil from 5-year-old kindergarten to the first grade.
118.33(6)(cm)2. 2. Each school board that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall establish procedures, conditions, and standards for exempting a child from the requirement that the child complete kindergarten as a prerequisite to enrollment in the first grade and for reviewing the denial of an exemption upon the request of the pupil's parent or guardian.
118.33(6)(cm)3. 3. A school board that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall enroll in the first grade a child who has not completed kindergarten but who is otherwise eligible to be admitted to and to enroll in first grade as a new or continuing pupil at the time the child moves into this state if one of the following applies:
118.33(6)(cm)3.a. a. Before either commencing or completing first grade, the child moved into this state from a state, country, or territory in which completion of 5-year-old kindergarten is a prerequisite to entering first grade and the child was exempted from the requirement to complete 5-year-old kindergarten in the state, country, or territory from which the child moved.
118.33(6)(cm)3.b. b. Before either commencing or completing first grade the child moved into this state from a state, country, or territory in which completion of 5-year-old kindergarten is not a prerequisite to entering first grade.
118.33(6)(cm)4. 4. Except as provided in subds. 5. and 6., beginning on September 1, 2011, the operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) may not enroll a child in the first grade in the school unless the child has completed 5-year-old kindergarten. Each operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall adopt a written policy specifying the criteria for promoting a pupil from 5-year-old kindergarten to the first grade.
118.33(6)(cm)5. 5. Each operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall establish procedures, conditions, and standards for exempting a child from the requirement that the child complete kindergarten as a prerequisite to enrollment in the first grade and for reviewing the denial of an exemption upon the request of the pupil's parent or guardian.
118.33(6)(cm)6. 6. The operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) that operates a 5-year-old kindergarten program shall enroll in the first grade a child who has not completed kindergarten but who is otherwise eligible to be admitted to and to enroll in first grade as a new or continuing pupil at the time the child moves into this state if one of the following applies:
118.33(6)(cm)6.a. a. Before either commencing or completing first grade, the child moved into this state from a state, country, or territory in which completion of 5-year-old kindergarten is a prerequisite to entering first grade and the child was exempted from the requirement to complete 5-year-old kindergarten in the state, country, or territory from which the child moved.
118.33(6)(cm)6.b. b. Before either commencing or completing first grade the child moved into this state from a state, country, or territory in which completion of 5-year-old kindergarten is not a prerequisite to entering first grade.
118.33(6)(cr)1.1. The governing body of each private school participating in the program under s. 118.60 shall adopt a written policy specifying criteria for promoting a pupil who is attending the private school under s. 118.60 from the 4th grade to the 5th grade and from the 8th grade to the 9th grade. The criteria shall include the pupil's score on the examination administered under s. 118.30 (1t) (a) or (b) or s. 118.301 (3), unless the pupil has been excused from taking the examination under s. 118.30 (2) (b); the pupil's academic performance; the recommendations of teachers, which shall be based solely on the pupil's academic performance; and any other academic criteria specified by the governing body of the private school.
118.33(6)(cr)2. 2. The governing body of a private school participating in the program under s. 118.60 may not promote a 4th grade pupil who is attending the private school under s. 118.60 to the 5th grade, and may not promote an 8th grade pupil who is attending the private school under s. 118.60 to the 9th grade, unless the pupil satisfies the criteria for promotion specified in the governing body's policy under subd. 1.
118.33 Note NOTE: 1983 Wisconsin Act 411, which created this section, has “Legislative declaration" in section 1.
118.33 Note NOTE: 1993 Wis. Act 339, which created sub. (1) (d), contains explanatory notes.
118.33 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 18, Wis. adm. code.
118.34 118.34 Technical preparation programs.
118.34(1)(1)In cooperation with a technical college district board, each school board shall establish a technical preparation program in each public high school located in the school district. The program shall consist of a sequence of courses, approved by the technical college system board under s. 38.04 (26), designed to allow high school pupils to gain advanced standing in the technical college district's associate degree program upon graduation from high school.
118.34(2) (2)
118.34(2)(a)(a) The technical college district director shall appoint a technical preparation council to coordinate the establishment of the technical preparation programs. The council shall consist of 12 members.
118.34(2)(b) (b) The technical college district board and the school boards of school districts that operate high schools located in the technical college district shall establish a consortium to implement the technical preparation programs.
118.34(3) (3)The department and the technical college system board shall provide technical assistance to school boards to develop technical preparation programs in each high school. Annually, the school board shall evaluate its program and report the results to the state superintendent and the technical college system board.
118.34 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. TCS 9, Wis. adm. code.
118.35 118.35 Programs for gifted and talented pupils.
118.35(1)(1)In this section, “gifted and talented pupils" means pupils enrolled in public schools who give evidence of high performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership or specific academic areas and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program in order to fully develop such capabilities.
118.35(2) (2)The state superintendent shall by rule establish guidelines for the identification of gifted and talented pupils.
118.35(3) (3)Each school board shall ensure that all gifted and talented pupils enrolled in the school district have access to a program for gifted and talented pupils.
118.35(4) (4)From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fy), the department shall award grants to nonprofit organizations, cooperative educational service agencies, institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, and school districts for the purpose of providing to gifted and talented pupils those services and activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program that allow such pupils to fully develop their capabilities.
118.38 118.38 Waivers of laws and rules.
118.38(1)(1)
118.38(1)(a) (a) A school board may request the department to waive any school board or school district requirement in chs. 115 to 121 or in the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of those chapters, except for statutes or rules related to any of the following:
118.38(1)(a)1. 1. The health or safety of pupils.
118.38(1)(a)2. 2. Pupil discrimination under s. 118.13.
118.38(1)(a)3. 3. The pupil assessment program under s. 118.30 and the standardized reading test required under s. 121.02 (1) (r).
118.38(1)(a)4. 4. Pupil records under s. 118.125.
118.38(1)(a)5. 5. The collection of data by the department.
118.38(1)(a)6. 6. The uniform financial fund accounting system under ss. 115.28 (13) and 115.30 (1) and audits of school district accounts under s. 120.14.
118.38(1)(a)7. 7. Licensure or certification under s. 115.28 (7) or (7m) other than the licensure of the school district administrator or business manager.
118.38(1)(a)8. 8. The commencement of the school term under s. 118.045.
118.38(1)(a)9. 9. The requirements established for achievement guarantee contracts under s. 118.43 and for achievement gap reduction contracts under s. 118.44.
118.38(1)(b) (b) Before requesting a waiver, the school board shall hold a public hearing in the school district on the request.
118.38(1m) (1m)The school board shall specify in its request for a waiver its reason for requesting the waiver.
118.38(2) (2)
118.38(2)(am)(am) In determining whether to grant a waiver under sub. (1), the department shall consider all of the following factors and may consider additional factors:
118.38(2)(am)1. 1. Whether the requirement impedes progress toward achieving a local improvement plan developed under sec. 309 (a) (3) of P.L. 103-227.
118.38(2)(am)2. 2. If the school board has adopted educational goals for the school district, whether the requirement impedes progress toward achieving the goals.
118.38(2)(bm) (bm) The department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria for waiving the requirement to schedule at least the number of hours of direct pupil instruction specified under s. 121.02 (1) (f) if school is closed for a reason specified in s. 115.01 (10) (b) or (c).
118.38(3) (3)A waiver granted under sub. (2) is effective for 4 years. The department shall renew the waiver for additional 4-year periods if the school board has evaluated the educational and financial effects of the waiver over the previous 4-year period, except that the department is not required to renew a waiver if the department determines that the school district is not making adequate progress toward improving pupil academic performance.
118.38(4) (4)
118.38(4)(a)(a) Beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020, the department may do all of the following:
118.38(4)(a)1. 1. Waive any requirement in chs. 115 to 121 or the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of those chapters related to any of the following:
118.38(4)(a)1.a. a. A program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23.
118.38(4)(a)1.b. b. A private school participating in a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23.
118.38(4)(a)1.c. c. A charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x), including any requirement related to an authorizer, governing board, or operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
118.38(4)(a)2. 2. Establish an alternate deadline for any requirement related to a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23 in chs. 115 to 121 and any requirement related to a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23 in the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of chs. 115 to 121 if the original deadline is any of the following:
118.38(4)(a)2.a. a. A deadline that occurs during the period beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020.
118.38(4)(a)2.b. b. A deadline for a requirement that affects a date during the period beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020.
118.38(4)(b)1.1. The department shall notify the legislative reference bureau of each waiver under par. (a) 1. and alternate deadline established under par. (a) 2. The legislative reference bureau shall publish a notice in the Wisconsin Administrative Register of the waiver or alternate deadline.
118.38(4)(b)2. 2. The department shall post each waiver under par. (a) 1. and alternate deadline established under par. (a) 2. on the department's Internet site.
118.38(4)(c) (c) A waiver under par. (a) 1. applies only to the 2019-20 school year.
118.40 118.40 Charter schools.
118.40(1)(1)Notice to state superintendent. Whenever a school board intends to establish a charter school, it shall notify the state superintendent of its intention. Whenever one of the entities under sub. (2r) (b) or the director under sub. (2x) intends to establish a charter school, it shall notify the state superintendent of its intention by February 1 of the previous school year. A notice under this subsection shall include a description of the proposed school.
118.40(1m) (1m)Petition.
118.40(1m)(a) (a) A written petition requesting the school board to establish a charter school under this section may be filed with the school district clerk. The petition shall be signed by at least 10 percent of the teachers employed by the school district or by at least 50 percent of the teachers employed at one school of the school district.
118.40(1m)(b) (b) The petition shall include all of the following:
118.40(1m)(b)1. 1. The name of the person who is seeking to establish the charter school.
118.40(1m)(b)2. 2. The name of the person who will be in charge of the charter school and the manner in which administrative services will be provided.
118.40(1m)(b)3. 3. A description of the educational program of the school.
118.40(1m)(b)4. 4. The methods the school will use to enable pupils to attain the educational goals under s. 118.01.
118.40(1m)(b)5. 5. The method by which pupil progress in attaining the educational goals under s. 118.01 will be measured.
118.40(1m)(b)6. 6. The governance structure of the school, including the method to be followed by the school to ensure parental involvement.
118.40(1m)(b)7. 7. Subject to sub. (7) (a) and (am) and ss. 118.19 (1) and 121.02 (1) (a) 2., the qualifications that must be met by the individuals to be employed in the school.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 31, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 31, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-31-20)