Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 118.55

  • Adult: means a person who has attained the age of 18 years, except that for purposes of investigating or prosecuting a person who is alleged to have violated any state or federal criminal law or any civil law or municipal ordinance, "adult" means a person who has attained the age of 17 years. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • in writing: includes any representation of words, letters, symbols or figures. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Promulgate: when used in connection with a rule, as defined under s. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; "year" alone means "year of our Lord". See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)    Definition. In this section, “institution of higher education” means an institution within the University of Wisconsin System, a tribally controlled college or a private, nonprofit institution of higher education located in this state.
   (2)   Enrollment in institution of higher education; application.
      (a)    Subject to par. (b) and sub. (7t) (c), any public school pupil enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade who is not attending a technical college under sub. (7r) or s. 118.15 (1) (b) may enroll in an institution of higher education for the purpose of taking one or more nonsectarian courses at the institution of higher education. The pupil shall submit an application to the institution of higher education in the previous school semester. The pupil shall indicate on the application whether he or she will be taking the course or courses for high school credit or postsecondary credit. The pupil shall also specify on the application that if he or she is admitted the institution of higher education may disclose the pupil’s grades, the courses that he or she is taking and his or her attendance record to the public school in which the pupil is enrolled.
      (b)    Paragraph (a) applies to a private institution of higher education and to a tribally controlled college only if the private institution of higher education or tribally controlled college has notified the state superintendent of its intent to participate in the program under this section by September 1 of the previous school year.
   (3)   Notification of school board; determination of high school credit.
      (a)    A pupil who intends to enroll in an institution of higher education under this section shall notify the school board of the school district in which he or she is enrolled of that intention no later than March 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the fall semester, and no later than October 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the spring semester. The notice shall include the titles of the courses in which the pupil intends to enroll and the number of credits of each course, and shall specify whether the pupil will be taking the courses for high school or postsecondary credit.
      (b)    If the pupil specifies in the notice under par. (a) that he or she intends to take a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit, the school board shall determine whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, and whether the course satisfies any of the high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33 and the number of high school credits to award the pupil for the course, if any. In cooperation with institutions of higher education, the state superintendent shall develop guidelines to assist school districts in making the determinations. The school board shall notify the pupil of its determinations, in writing, before the beginning of the semester in which the pupil will be enrolled. If the pupil disagrees with the school board’s decision regarding comparability of courses, satisfaction of high school graduation requirements or the number of high school credits to be awarded, the pupil may appeal the school board’s decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision. The state superintendent’s decision shall be final and is not subject to review under subch. III of ch. 227.
   (4)   Admission to institution of higher education; notification.
      (a)    An institution of higher education may admit a pupil under this section only if it has space available.
      (am)    A pupil may attend an institution of higher education under this section only if the institution of higher education complies with s. 118.13 (1).
      (b)    If an institution of higher education admits a pupil, it shall notify the school board of the school district in which the pupil is enrolled, in writing, within 30 days after the beginning of classes at the institution of higher education. The notification shall include the course or courses in which the pupil is enrolled.
      (c)    If a pupil is not admitted to attend the course that he or she specified in the notice under sub. (3) (a) but is admitted to attend a different course, the pupil shall immediately notify the school board of the school district in which he or she is enrolled and the school board shall inform the pupil of its determinations under sub. (3) (b) regarding the course to which the pupil was admitted as soon as practicable.
   (5)   Payment. Subject to sub. (7t), within 30 days after the end of the semester, the school board of the school district in which a pupil attending an institution of higher education under this section is enrolled shall pay the institution of higher education, on behalf of the pupil, the following amount for any course that is taken for high school credit and that is not comparable to a course offered in the school district:
      (a)    If the pupil is attending an institution within the University of Wisconsin System, the actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course.
      (c)    If the pupil is attending a private institution of higher education, the lesser of the following:
         1.    The actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course.
         2.    An amount determined by dividing the state total net cost of the general fund in the previous school year by the state total membership in the previous school year, dividing that quotient by the statewide average number of high school credits taken by full-time pupils in the previous school year, as determined by the state superintendent, and multiplying that quotient by the number of high school credits taken by the pupil at the private institution of higher education, as determined under sub. (3) (b). In this subdivision, “net cost” has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (6), and “membership” has the meaning given in s. 121.004 (5).
   (6)   Responsibility of pupil for tuition and fees; institution of higher education.
      (a)    Subject to sub. (7t), a pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit under this section is not responsible for any portion of the tuition and fees for the course if the school board, or the state superintendent on appeal under sub. (3) (b), has determined that the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district.
      (b)    A pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for high school credit under this section is responsible for the tuition and fees for the course if the school board has determined that the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, unless the state superintendent reverses the school board’s decision on appeal under sub. (3) (b).
      (c)    A pupil taking a course at an institution of higher education for postsecondary credit under this section is responsible for the tuition and fees for the course.
   (7g)   Transportation. The parent or guardian of a pupil who is attending an institution of higher education or technical college under this section and is taking a course for high school credit may apply to the state superintendent for reimbursement of the cost of transporting the pupil between the high school in which the pupil is enrolled and the institution of higher education or technical college that the pupil is attending if the pupil and the pupil’s parent or guardian are unable to pay the cost of such transportation. The state superintendent shall determine the reimbursement amount and shall pay the amount from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cw). The state superintendent shall give preference under this subsection to those pupils who satisfy the income eligibility criteria for a free or reduced-price lunch under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1).
   (7r)   Attendance at technical college.
      (a)    Upon the pupil’s request and with the written approval of the pupil’s parent or guardian, any public school pupil who satisfies the following criteria may apply to attend a technical college for the purpose of taking one or more courses:
         1.    The pupil has completed the 10th grade.
         2.    The pupil is in good academic standing.
         3.    The pupil notifies the school board of his or her intent to attend a technical college under this subsection by March 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the fall semester and by October 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the spring semester.
         4.    The pupil is not a child at risk, as defined in s. 118.153 (1) (a).
         5.    The pupil is not ineligible under sub. (7t) (c) to participate in the program under this section.
      (am)    A school board may refuse to permit a pupil to attend a technical college under this subsection if the pupil is a child with a disability, as defined in s. 115.76 (5), and the school board determines that the cost to the school district under par. (dm) would impose an undue financial burden on the school district.
      (b)    The technical college district board shall admit the pupil to the technical college if he or she meets the requirements and prerequisites of the course or courses for which he or she applied, except as follows:
         1.    The district board may admit a pupil to a course under this subsection only if there is space available in the course after admitting to the course all individuals applying for admission to the course who are not attending the technical college under this subsection.
         2.    The district board may reject an application from a pupil who has a record of disciplinary problems, as determined by the district board.
      (c)    If a child attends a technical college under this subsection, the technical college shall ensure that the child’s educational program meets the high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33. At least 30 days before the beginning of the technical college semester in which the pupil will be enrolled, the school board of the school district in which the pupil resides shall notify the pupil, in writing, if a course in which the pupil will be enrolled does not meet the high school graduation requirements and whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district. If the pupil disagrees with the school board’s decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the pupil may appeal the school board’s decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision. The state superintendent’s decision is final and is not subject to review under subch. III of ch. 227. The pupil is eligible to receive both high school and technical college credit for courses successfully completed at the technical college.
      (d)    Subject to sub. (7t), for each pupil attending a technical college under this subsection, the school board shall pay to the technical college district board, in 2 installments payable upon initial enrollment and at the end of the semester, for those courses taken for high school credit, an amount equal to the cost of tuition, course fees, and books for the pupil at the technical college, except that the school board is not responsible for payment for any courses that are comparable to courses offered in the school district.
      (dm)    If a pupil who is attending a technical college under this subsection is a child with a disability, as defined in s. 115.76 (5), the payment under par. (d) shall be adjusted to reflect the cost of any special services required for the pupil.
      (e)    The school board is not responsible for transporting a pupil attending a technical college under this subsection to or from the technical college that the pupil is attending.
      (f)    A pupil taking a course at a technical college for high school credit under this subsection is not responsible for any portion of the tuition and fees for the course if the school board is required to pay the technical college for the course under par. (d).
118.55 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. TCS 9, Wis. adm. code.
   (7t)   Limitations on participation and payment.
      (a)    A school board may establish a written policy limiting the number of credits for which the school board will pay under subs. (5) and (7r) (d) to the equivalent of 18 postsecondary semester credits per pupil.
      (b)    If a school board is required to pay tuition and fees on behalf of a pupil under sub. (5) (a) or (c) 1. or (7r) (d), the tuition and fees charged may not exceed the amount that would be charged a pupil who is a resident of this state.
      (c)    If a pupil receives a failing grade in a course, or fails to complete a course, at an institution of higher education or technical college for which the school board has made payment, the pupil’s parent or guardian, or the pupil if he or she is an adult, shall reimburse the school board the amount paid on the pupil’s behalf upon the school board’s request. If a school board that requests reimbursement of a payment made under this section is not reimbursed as requested, the pupil on whose behalf the payment was made is ineligible for any further participation in the program under this section. For the purposes of this paragraph, a grade that constitutes a failing grade for a course offered in the school district constitutes a failing grade for a course taken at an institution of higher education or technical college under this section.
   (8)   Program information. Annually by October 1, each school board shall provide information about the program under this section to all pupils enrolled in the school district in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
   (9)   Rules. The state superintendent shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section, including rules establishing criteria for determining reimbursement amounts under sub. (7g).