WHAT IS A RULE?
A rule has the effect of law and is issued by an agency (DPI) to implement, interpret or make specific legislation administered by the agency.
DPI ADMINISTRATIVE CODE:
The DPI Administrative Code can be obtained by going to the Wisconsin State Legislature's website. The Administrative Code contains all of the permanent rules currently in effect.
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES ACTIVITY:
The first step in the rulemaking process is preparation of a scope statement that sets forth information about the agency’s intended rulemaking, including the objective of the proposed rule, the statutory authority for the rule, and a description of all entities that may be affected by the rule. Scope statements must be prepared for both proposed permanent rules and emergency rules.
- DPI Statement of Scopes
Revising PI 36 Relating to the Full-time Open Enrollment Program. This rule change proposes to modify the full-time open enrollment portion of the rule to address the many statutory changes made over the years and to address issues that have arisen.
Revising PI 15 Relating to Revenue Limit Exemptions for Energy Efficiencies. This rule change will modify PI 15 to reflect changes in the corresponding statutes as a result of 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 and 2013 Wisconsin Act 20.
Revising PI 35 Relating to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. This rule needs to be updated to reflect statutory changes and changes in practice.
Creating PI 48 Relating to the Parental Choice Program for Eligible School Districts and Other School Districts. A rule needs to be created to govern the implementation and administration of both programs.
Revising PI 5 Relating to High School Equivalency Diplomas and Certificates of General Educational Development. This rule needs to be changed due to changes in the GED Test.
Revising PI 25 Relating to the Children At Risk Plan and Program. This rule needs to be changed as a result of a statutory change made in 2011 Wisconsin Act 32.
Revising PI 26 Relating to Education for Employment Plans and Program. This rule needs to be modified to align the Education for Employment Program with the new academic and career plans.
Revising PI 40 and Creating PI 50 Relating to 2013-15 Budget Changes to Youth Options and Course Options. This rule change needs to be made as a result of the Course Options structure that was created in the 2013-15 budget.
Repealing PI 42 Relating to the School Breakfast Program. 1999 Wisconsin Act 9 eliminated the grants awarded under the School Breakfast Program.
Creating PI 49 Relating to Academic and Career Plans. DPI is required to promulgate a rule that outlines how to ensure that every school board is providing academic and career planning services to pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
Revising PI 11, 18, and 24 Relating to Changes As A Result of 2011 Wisconsin Act 105. This proposed rule change will align chs. PI 11, 18, and 24 with the statutory changes made as a result of 2011 Wisconsin Act 105.
Revising PI 13 Relating to Limited English Proficient Pupils. This proposed rule change would modify PI 13 to reflect current statutes and current agency practice.
Revising PI 34 Relating to Technical Changes Needed As A Result of 2013-15 Budget. This proposed rule change is needed to align PI 34 with the statutory changes in the 2013-15 budget.
Revising PI 34 Relating to Charter School Teaching License. This proposed rule change will include the proficiency criteria established by DPI that a person must meet in order to be granted a charter school teaching license. The Department is required to establish criteria by 2013 Wisconsin Act 20.
Revising PI 37 Relating to 2013-15 Budget Changes to Grants for Master Educators and Nationally Board Certified Educators. This proposed rule change is needed to align PI 37 with the statutory changes in the 2013-15 budget.
Once a statement of scope has been published in the Administrative Register and approved by the State Superintendent, the rule can be published (if it is an emergency rule) or sent to the Legislative Rules Clearinghouse (if it is a permanent rule) or both (if it is being promulgated as an emergency rule and permanent rule). Most rules are promulgated as permanent rules. However, if preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare necessitates placing a rule into effect prior to the time it could take effect as a permanent rule, the agency may initially adopt the rule as an emergency rule. Emergency rules are only effective for 150 days.
- DPI Emergency Rules
- DPI Rules Submitted to Rules Clearinghouse
Revising PI 21 Relating to Driver Education Programs. This rule change proposes to clarify the process for issuing certificates and the process for approving courses.
Revising PI 32 Relating to Grants for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Programs. This rule change proposes to align the rule with statutory changes and eliminate the provision discussing the AODA Council.
After an emergency rule is published, a public hearing must be held within 45 days. After a permanent rule is submitted to the Rules Clearinghouse for review, DPI holds a public hearing before the rule is submitted to the Legislature unless the rule changes are technical changes.
- DPI Public Hearings
None at this time.
Once a public hearing is held or if no public hearing is required, a permanent rule can be submitted to the Legislature. Emergency rules are not required to be submitted to the Legislature.
- DPI Rules Submitted to the Legislature
Repeal of PI 29 Relating to Grants for Preschool Through Grade 5 Programs. 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 eliminated the statutory authority for this program so PI 29 is no longer necessary.
Repealing PI 31 Relating to Grants for STEM Programs. 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 eliminated the statutory authority and funding for this program so PI 31 is no longer necessary.
Repealing PI 33 Relating to Grants for Nursing Services. 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 eliminated the statutory authority and funding for this program so PI 33 is no longer necessary.
Changing Definition of Immoral Conduct in PI 34 Statement of Scope. 2011 Wisconsin Act 84 expanded the definition of immoral conduct. This change will update the rule definition in PI 34 to align with statutes.
If the Legislature does not object to the rule change, the final stage of the rulemaking process is publishing the rule. The following rule changes have been reviewed by the Legislature and have recently become effective or will become effective soon.
- Final, Permanent DPI Rules
Educator Effectiveness Equivalency Process Rule. This rule has been filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau. It is scheduled to be published in the November 30th Administrative Register and become effective on December 1, 2013.