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Private School Choice Programs-Financial Audit

The auditor is required to complete a financial audit for all participants in the Private School Choice Programs by the following October 15.  The Financial Audit & PSCP/SNSP Reserve Balance Bulletin includes information on the additional paragraph required in the audit opinion.

2019-20 Financial Audit

The following schedules can be used for schools only participating in the Choice programs.  The schedules for schools participating in the Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP) are available in Kiteworks to the auditor on the school's Auditor Authorization form.  See the Kiteworks Instructions for information on how the auditor can access the documents in Kiteworks.  The 2019-20 Enrollment Audit certification letters and 2018-19 Financial Audit certification letters are also available in Kiteworks.

Paycheck Protection Program-Choice/SNSP Reserve Balance Impacts: The department has waived the 2019-20 requirement to include the forgiven portion of the Paycheck Protection Program loan that was used for educational programming purposes as offsetting government assistance revenue in the Choice Programs and SNSP Reserve Balance Schedules. The department does not have waiver authority for the 2020-21 school year, so the department will begin policy discussions as soon as we are able on amending the applicable administrative rules for the 2020-21 school year.

Inclusion of COVID-19 Related Expenses as Eligible Education Expenses: COVID-19 related expenses may be included as eligible education expenses if they meet the requirements in Wis. Stats. 115.7915, 118.60, and 119.23 and Wis. Admin. Code PI 35, 48, and 49, respectively. The requirements are explained in the Financial Audit related bulletins at https://dpi.wi.gov/parental-education-options/choice-programs/bulletins and https://dpi.wi.gov/parental-education-options/special-needs-scholarship. As long as expenses related to the COVID-19 outbreak meet the eligible education expenses requirements, they can be included as an eligible education expense.

Cash and Investment Balance: For the 2019-20 school year, the requirement has been waived that schools have an audited year-end cash and investment balance that is at least as much as the PSCP and SNSP reserve balances combined with certain adjustments. The requirement has also been waived that the school repay the PSCP reserve balance to the DPI if the school does not have the required cash and investment balance in the 2019-20 school year.  Schools will still be required to submit a financial audit for the 2019-20 school year that calculates the school’s June 30 reserve balance(s) and must maintain the required cash and investment balance for future school years.

2018-19 Financial Audit

 

Reserve Balance Schedules with Links Between SNSP & Choice Schedules:

 

Reserve Balance Schedules without Links Between SNSP & Choice Schedules:

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