How states can learn from Wisconsin’s cross-district open enrollment system

In Politics by Michael Rae

The term school choice often brings to mind vouchers, education savings accounts, or charter schools. But another form of school choice is critical to giving families options that might better fit their needs: cross-district open enrollment.

While many states allow students to transfer to schools across district lines, only nine states implement robust policies that ensure students have access to schools with available seats. A new Reason Foundation policy brief shows promising results and highlights how Wisconsin’s cross-district open enrollment system can serve as a model for policymakers in other states.

For starters, Wisconsin’s open enrollment program has shown tremendous growth. The