Governor signs three more K-12 education related bills into law

In a ceremony in his Capitol office, Governor Walker signed three bills the WASB supported into law Tuesday morning (April 3).  Specifically, the governor signed:

Senate Bill 407 – Transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils  (Act 215)

This new law requires the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents to establish policies for the transfer of postsecondary credits between institutions within the UW System, including those postsecondary credits earned by high school pupils under the Youth Options Program.  If the Board of Regents determines that credits earned under the Youth Options Program are not transferable, it must permit an individual to take an examination to determine the individual’s competency in the subject area of the course and, if the individual receives a passing score, award equivalent credits to the individual.  Senate Bill 407 was authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), pictured above at right of photo, and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay).

Senate Bill 494 — Publication of school and school district accountability reports  (Act 209)

This new law requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to publish its annual school and school district accountability report by November 30, rather than in September. It also changes the date by which DPI must determine whether a school is eligible to be placed in the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program. Under current law, a school is eligible to be placed in the OSPP based in part on how the school performed on the two most recent accountability reports and DPI must make this determination by October 15.  Act 209 changes the date to November 30.  (Because school report cards now must be adjusted for students in poverty, and the calculations associated with these adjustments have not been completed on time, this has caused difficulty with meeting the current statutory deadline.)  Senate Bill 494 was authored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), pictured above at right of photo, and Rep. Kitchens.

Senate Bill 711 — Pilot grant program to support college courses taught in high schools  (Act 206)

This new law creates a grant program to assist high school teachers by covering tuition expenses for courses taken to meet the qualification requirements of the Higher Learning Commission for eligibility to teach dual enrollment courses. The dual enrollment courses eligible include courses providing credit at a private college, in addition to a technical college or a UW campus or institution. This new law appropriates $500,000 for the grant program, which would be administered by the Higher Educational Aids Board and would sunset in 2021.  Senate Bill 711 was authored by Sen. Olsen and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), pictured above at left of photo.