In Wisconsin, virtual charter schools have attracted a number of formerly homeschooled students. Make no mistake, enrollment in a virtual charter school makes your student a public school attendee; and therefore your child must be registered in your resident school district.
Legislation was passed more than 20 years ago that gave parents the opportunity to have their children attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period is the only window of time that this can be done. With charter schools attracting more and more students each year, the numbers become increasingly more important to the school districts.
Open enrollment applications have grown considerably – almost doubling in the past 6 years. This has huge economic considerations. Not necessarily for the home that the student comes from, but rather from the school district.
On February 1, 2012 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation which extended the application period for open enrollment application from February 6 to April 30. Check the DPI website for the Application.
While the new legislation gives parents more time to determine the options available for school choice, it is creating new headaches for school districts trying figure out the financial forecasts for the next school year, which use the enrollment numbers to estimate state aid,class sizes, and staff requirements.
Parents are urged to apply on line directly from the open enrollment website http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html. The online application will be available until 4 p.m. on April 30, 2012.