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State Education Department considering open enrollment changes

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) – Changes could be coming to Wisconsin’s open enrollment rules, but before any decisions are made, officials are seeking input.

According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the proposed rule change is related to general updates in open enrollment procedures.

Among them:

  • A student’s open enrollment application does not need to be guaranteed approval if special education services are not available in the nonresident school district;
  • Specifies that a parent is prohibited from submitting multiple applications to the same nonresident school district for the same school year if their application has been denied;
  • Specifies that applications to virtual charter schools do not count toward the three nonresident school district maximum;
  • Creates a new code to specify that school attendance enforcement responsibility goes back to the resident school district after a pupil’s open enrollment is terminated;
  • Clarifies that open enrollment transportation reimbursement claims submitted after July 15 of the school year in which transportation was provided will not be paid.

The DPI will hold a virtual public hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 17. Details on how to participate are here.

Or, people can send written comments through email here.

A copy of the proposed rule can be found here or here.

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