Some Wisconsin districts question open enrollment

Feb. 4, 2008
They want to know if accepting students from other districts can begin to harm a district financially

Wisconsin's open enrollment program has helped many Milwaukee-area school districts shore up their budgets, add diversity and stave off declining enrollment. Ten years after the program's creation, the number of students using it to attend the public school district of their choice--if that district has space--has surged from 2,464 to more than 23,000. But some districts are if there is a point at which it begins to hurt a district financially to fill its schools with open enrollment students. The Wauwatosa School District has commissioned a financial model to try to pin down when, if ever, it makes more sense to close schools instead of recruiting nonresident students to fill classrooms.

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