Open Enrollment

By: Andrew Fefer
By: Andrew Fefer

Some do it to keep their kids in the same school after they move out of their district. Others do to get better access to academic and extra-curricular programs.

Thousands of Wisconsin students transfer into new school districts every year through the state's open enrollment program.

The deadline to apply for next year's transfers was on Friday. The D.C. Everest School District has 47 open enrollment applications, while the Wausau District has 87.

Leaders in both districts say if they end up gaining more kids than they'll lose, it's still not a solution for budget problems. In fact, due to the way the state funds these transferred students, their new schools will only see about half the money per transferred student. The rest stays with the student's old district.

Families who have applied for open enrollment transfers will find out if they're accepted to their new districts in early April.

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