Upcoming Choice Deadlines
By Last Day of School
WISEdata: Schools that participated in the PSCP in the 2018-19 school year must complete a Data Quality Review of the 2018-19 Attendance Data.
- Schools new to the PSCP in the 2019-20 school year may begin to establish their Choice Administrators as District Security Administrators. This allows them to manage access to the DPI secure reporting applications through the Application Security management tool.
- Schools must go into OAS and indicated whether or not Voucher students will be attending in the 2019-2020 school year. This would mean they’ve completed your school specific enrollment forms. To do this go to:
- Intent to Attend - there will be a list of applications. The school should indicate if the student will attend or not. Choosing “No Answer” could mean the loss of the voucher.
Annual Budget Continuing Schools & New Schools Choosing Surety Bond Option
June 30 - 2019-20
Schools that are
to the Choice program for the 2019-20 school year and
hat choose the surety bond option
are required to complete their annual budget by June 30, 2019. Schools may either use the DPI’s 2019-20 Budget and Cash Flow Report, or prepare their own budget. If the school prepares its own budget, the budget must include the following:
1. Anticipated enrollments for all students enrolled in the school.
2. Anticipated enrollments for Choice program students.
3. Estimated total revenues and costs.
4. Estimated eligible education expenses and offsetting revenues for the Choice program.
5. A schedule of anticipated beginning and ending net assets.
6. Identification of the contingent funding sources the school will use should actual enrollments be less than expected.
The school’s independent auditor will ensure that this requirement has been met as part of the Fiscal & Internal Control Practices Report. Other than schools new to the Choice program in 2019-20 that selected the budget option for meeting the initial financial viability requirements, schools do not need to send the budget to the DPI unless it is specifically requested. If you have any questions on this process, please
contact Dean Gerondale
in the Office of Catholic Schools.
Financial Choice Audit Overview
If you would like a better understanding of what to expect in a Choice Financial Audit, there is a great YouTube site that shows the entire training. Check it out at
Choice Program Remains Intact Under New Budget
he state’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee passed a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget today that provided $500 million more for K-12 education over the next two years, leaving funding for the state’s Choice programs generally intact.
Democrats on the committee criticized the move because it did not provide the $1.4 billion increase in funding that Gov. Tony Evers had proposed. The Republicans defended the budget as an affordable and sustainable option based on state revenues. They said it closely mirrors what Gov. Evers proposed when he was state superintendent and hoped he would approve it for that reason. Until the budget is passed, private schools in a Choice program should plan for the upcoming school year by using their 2018-19 voucher amounts. Those amounts are $7,754 for grades K-8 and $8,400 for grades 9-12.
Special Needs Scholarship Program Upcoming Dates
f a school indicated on its 2019-20 ITP that it expected to receive $50,000 or more in SNSP scholarships in the 2019-20 school year and chooses to submit a surety bond in lieu of submitting financial information or is required to submit a surety bond by the department, the surety bond must be submitted by
Wisconsin Department of Education Directory Review
Under DPI regulations, all schools are asked to provide information about the grades they serve. This information is then put into a Directory available at
. it is asked to provide information about grades served. Each school has a contact person who has received a password to access the directory data about the school that is stored at DPI. That person can go into the record and change and update information. Over the summer, please review the data to make sure it is correct. In the fall, schools will be required to report to DPI based on that data, and if the contact person that is listed is no longer in the school, the report does not get done, and sometimes that results in the school being dropped from the DPI list. If you need assistance you can reach out to Janice Zmrazek at DPI. Her email is