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YOUTH: Open enrollment deadline looms

Parents who want to send their children to school outside their home district have until Friday to apply. Wisconsin's open enrollment application period for the 2008-2009 school year runs through Friday. Children are assigned to school districts ...

Parents who want to send their children to school outside their home district have until Friday to apply.

Wisconsin's open enrollment application period for the 2008-2009 school year runs through Friday.

Children are assigned to school districts based on the location of their parent's or guardian's home. The open enrollment application period is the only tuition-free opportunity for most parents to apply for their children to attend public school in another district.

Under the program, parents must apply to the school district where they want their children to go to school. Early and late applications are not accepted. Parents are informed about approval or denial by April 11.

In most cases, parents are responsible for transportation. Superior and Maple school districts have exchanged students in some cases.

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Transportation cost reimbursements are available for low-income parents whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the federal school lunch program.

Parents can apply online from the open enrollment Web site at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html . The online application is available until 4 p.m. Friday. Paper applications can be downloaded from the site or picked up from any school district. The program only applies to public schools.

Parents may submit applications to no more than three nonresident school districts for each child during the open enrollment application period.

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