ON-Lion Letter
"Open enrollment between public schools has been a staple of Wisconsin education for years, allowing families to choose classrooms outside of their own districts.  However, some districts want to limit that freedom," warns Christian D'Andrea in a January MacIver Institute "mi perspectives" piece.
The Green Bay, Random Lake, Palmyra-Eagle, Barron, Sparta, Wisconsin Heights, and Pardeeville school boards "have joined together to push a proposal that supports limiting open enrollment.  This would restrict the number of students that would be able to transfer between districts -- and handcuff many charter and virtual charter schools across the state," writes D'Andrea, MacIver's educational policy analyst.

"Open enrollment grants students the freedom to choose between publicly funded classrooms to find the best fit regardless of their location," he continues.  "In a state known for pioneering private school choice, this flexibility across public schools has been an important counterpoint to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.  For families across the state, this policy creates the only avenue for students to access the institutions that fit them best -- and is especially important in areas with failing public schools."

More than 20,000 students now use open enrollment statewide.  The proposal to limit it will get a hearing before the Wisconsin Association of School Boards' Delegate Assembly in January.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the MacIver Institute.
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