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Open enrollment begins Feb. 4

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- February 4 is the start of open enrollment, when parents can choose the school district they want their kids to attend for the next school year.

Wisconsin began allowing parents to choose their district back in 1998. There is no charge for students to attend a district outside of where they live, though nonresidents must have transportation, at least to a bus stop within the district.

The La Crosse district typically sees more students coming in to the district. Last year they had about 75 more students coming in than going out, which the superintendent says meant about $500,000 more in funding.

"I think it really provides an opportunity for parents to consider the options that are available, not just in the school district of La Crosse but in the entire coulee region," Superintendent Randy Nelson said. "And so it provides them with the opportunity to look around, see what kind of curriculum, get to know the teachers a little bit, and make a decision about which kind of program best fits their child."

Open enrollment runs through April 30 and you must apply to the district you want to attend, not the one you live in. Applications can be found online at sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_psctoc. If you don't have access to a computer you can call the district to get a paper copy.

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