2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 115. State superintendent; general classifications and definitions; children with disabilities.
115.77 Local educational agency duties.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 115.77 (2017)

115.77 Local educational agency duties.

(1) In sub. (1m) (a) to (d), except as provided in s. 118.51 (12) (b), if a child with a disability is attending a public school in a nonresident school district under s. 118.50, 118.51, or 121.84 (1) (a) or (4), “local educational agency" means the school district that the child is attending.

(1m) A local educational agency shall demonstrate to the division that it does all of the following:

(a) Identifies, locates and evaluates all children with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, including such children who are not yet 3 years of age. A local educational agency may provide special education and related services to children with disabilities who are not yet 3 years of age under an interagency agreement with a county agency responsible for the early intervention program under s. 51.44.

(b) Makes available a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities as required by this subchapter and applicable state and federal law, except that a local educational agency that provides special education and related services to a child with a disability who has not yet attained the age of 3 and who is participating in an early intervention program under s. 51.44 is not required to provide the child with a free appropriate public education.

(bg) Includes children with disabilities in statewide and local educational agency-wide assessments, including assessments described in 20 USC 6311 (b) (2), with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments where necessary and as indicated in their individualized education programs.

(c) Ensures that children participating in early intervention programs under s. 51.44 who will participate in preschool programs assisted under this subchapter experience a smooth and effective transition to those preschool programs and that, by the 3rd birthday of such a child, an individualized education program has been developed and is being implemented for the child. The local educational agency shall participate in transition planning conferences arranged by the county administrative agency, as defined in s. DHS 90.03 (10), Wis. Adm. Code.

(d) Ensures that children with disabilities who are enrolled in private schools and facilities are provided special education and related services, in accordance with individualized education programs, at no cost to them or to their parents, if such children are placed in, or referred to, such schools or facilities by a local educational agency to satisfy the requirements of this subchapter or applicable federal law.

(e) To the extent consistent with the number and location of children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private elementary and secondary schools located within the local educational agency, ensures that those children have an opportunity to participate in special education and related services and that the amount spent to provide those services by the local educational agency is equal to a proportionate amount of federal funds made available under this subchapter.

(f) Establishes written policies, procedures, and programs for implementing this subchapter and applicable federal law.

(g) Makes available to any person, upon request, all documents relating to the agency's eligibility for funds under this subchapter.

(h) Regularly publicizes information regarding its special education procedures and services.

(2) The local educational agency shall provide the division with information necessary to enable the division to carry out its duties under this subchapter and applicable federal law.

(3) Any state or federal aid that is made available to a local educational agency for special education and related services shall be used by the local educational agency to comply with this subchapter.

(4) A local educational agency shall submit to the division, pursuant to a schedule and instructions established and published by the division, a plan that provides assurances to the division that the local educational agency meets the conditions required by 20 USC 1413 (a), including all of the following:

(L) Statements of assurance as required by applicable federal law.

(m) Information relating to access of private school pupils to the local educational agency's special education and related services.

(p) Assurances that the local educational agency, in providing for the children with disabilities within its jurisdiction, has in effect policies, procedures, and programs that are consistent with this subchapter and applicable federal law.

(q) The local educational agency's plan for ensuring that all personnel necessary to carry out the requirements of this subchapter are appropriately and adequately prepared according to applicable state and federal law.

(r) The data regarding children with disabilities and nondisabled children in the local educational agency that the division is required to collect or report to be in compliance with 20 USC 1400 to 1482.

(s) Any other information the division requires to permit its review of the plan.

(8) The local educational agency shall serve children with disabilities who are attending a charter school under contract with the local educational agency under s. 118.40 in the same manner as it serves children with disabilities attending schools of the local educational agency, and shall provide funds under this subchapter to such charter schools on the same basis as it provides funds under this subchapter to schools of the local educational agency, including proportional distribution based on enrollment of children with disabilities, and at the same time as it distributes other federal funds to the agency's other schools.

(9) The local educational agency shall exercise its authority in compliance with 20 USC 1415 (k).

History: 1997 a. 164; 1999 a. 117; 2005 a. 258; 2009 a. 180; 2015 a. 55; 2017 a. 36, 59.

When there was no reasonable cause to believe that a student was emotionally disturbed and required special education, there was no obligation to submit an exceptional needs referral on the student's behalf. Hoffman v. East Troy Community School District, 38 F. Supp. 2d 750 (1999).

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