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Lawmakers consider school choice changes


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – State senators will consider some changes tomorrow to the state’s open enrollment law, the so-called “public school choice” program.

The bill would provide a longer time period for parents to ask schools to move their kids from one public district to another. It would also require the students’ home districts to share information with a proposed new district about discipline problems.

Also, senators will consider an amendment added by the Assembly last year. It would let a home district decide whether the proposed transfer is in the best interest of particular youngsters.

The bill’s supporters say the proposed changes would make it easier to move kids to new districts where they’ll have a better chance of succeeding. But opponents say it could hurt districts by channeling them elsewhere – including virtual on-line schools.