Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2007-2008 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 327

Youth Options Program

Full Description

(Mursau/Schultz)  Under current law, an 11th or 12th grade pupil may attend a public or private institution of higher education, including a technical college, for one or more courses under the Youth Options Program.  The local school board judges the appropriateness of the course and is responsible for paying the pupil’s cost of under certain circumstances.

This bill eliminates the Youth Options Program mandate and instead authorizes a school district to establish its own youth options program.  If a school board establishes a program, it must adopt written policies specifying eligibility for participants, institutions, the kinds of courses, application procedures, and transportation arrangements.  The school district would continue to pay the cost of tuition, course fees, books, and other necessary materials related to the course.

Bill history:
-May 15, 2007 – referred to committee on Education
-May 23, 2007 – fiscal estimate received

UW System Position

OPPOSE:  Eliminating the Youth Options Program could disadvantage college bound students from districts that eliminate the program.

The current Youth Options Program provides significant benefits to Wisconsin’s students and the state. The program also provides school districts with a cost-effective way to offer students advanced placement courses and technical courses as they prepare for college or the workforce.

The PK-16 Council consisting of the Presidents of the UW System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, endorses the Youth Options Program.