Education Watch: Open Enrollment – the Most Popular School Choice

Jan 13, 2023 | Wisconsin Voices Blog

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From The Appleton Post-Crescent:

From the Department of Public Instruction: Open enrollment is the most popular form of school choice in Wisconsin, with 8.6% of students enrolled in a district different than their own in the 2021-2022 school year. Read more here, see all years here, and read full IRG analysis here.

Quinton Klabon

Additional context from IRG Senior Research Director Quinton Klabon:

→ Post-pandemic, we expected families to return to their home districts. Indeed, Medford, Wausau, Kenosha, Wisconsin Rapids, and La Crosse convinced the most students to come back compared to 2020-2021.

→ Surprisingly, Milwaukee and Racine lost even more transfer students after returning from virtual school. (Kenosha, which reopened quickly, loses the least amount of transfer students by far compared to Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, and Green Bay.)

→ Districts that lost kids lost $8,161 in state aid per child, and those that gained kids gained it. The total fiscal change was $566,394,392! This is much more than the voucher choice program at $412,808,140.