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Rules hearing set for June 29 on Special Needs Scholarship Program

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will conduct a hearing from 10:30 a.m. to noon on June 29 at the Department of Public Instruction headquarters, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison, on emergency rules to create Chapter PI 49 related to the Special Needs Scholarship Program.

The emergency rules are not substantively different from the proposed permanent rules promulgated earlier this year. The emergency rules are being promulgated so they are in effect to implement the Special Needs Scholarship Program for the 2016-17 school year, which starts before the proposed permanent rules can go into effect. The rules create procedures for administering the Special Needs Scholarship Program, including procedures related to the eligibility and participation of schools, the calculation and distribution of state aid paid for special needs scholarships, and the application procedures for students and private schools. 

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 July 11.

A copy of the emergency rules as well as the fiscal estimate are available at Copies of these materials can be requested and written comments submitted by sending an e-mail to or by 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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