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Hearing on Special Needs Scholarship Program rules set for Dec. 13

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Tom McCarthy, DPI Communications Director, (608) 266-3559

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will conduct a hearing in December to accept public testimony on emergency and proposed permanent rules related to revising the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

The Dec. 13 hearing will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the DPI’s headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison. For those who cannot attend the hearing, written comments sent to the department will be given the same consideration as public testimony.

The emergency and proposed permanent rules for PI 49

  • allow individuals designated by the Special Needs Scholarship Program administrator to assist in the processing of student applications;
  •  modify the process for individualized education program (IEP) and services plan verification;
  • specify that school auditors would verify that the statutorily required student re-evaluations are completed;
  • clarify how the repayment of state funds occurs;
  • clarify how students may transfer to a different participating school;
  • provide that the Intent to Participate form specifies the program administrator; and
  • clarify the accreditation and state superintendent approval requirements for a school to participate in the program.

Additionally, two administrative rule provisions would be deleted because they only pertain to 2016, the first year of the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

The hearing site is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Those who cannot attend the public hearing may provide written comments. Send comments on the proposed rules via U.S. mail or e‑mail to the addresses below no later than Dec. 23.

A copy of the proposed rules and the fiscal estimate are available on the department's Administrative Rules page. Copies of these materials can be requested and written comments submitted by sending an e‑mail or writing to Carl Bryan, budget and policy analyst and administrative rules coordinator, DPI, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707‑7841. 

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