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Assembly votes to give parents more time to transfer kids to other schools

MADISON - The Wisconsin State Assembly has voted to give parents more time to try and have their kids transferred to public schools outside their home districts.

On a voice vote yesterday, the house gave final legislative approval to a longer sign-up period under the "open enrollment," or public school choice law. Also, a student's home district would have to share details with the new district about any discipline problems.

The bill's supporters say it would give struggling youngsters a second chance in a different educational environment. But there were concerns that some districts would have larger net student losses under the expanded measure -- and that more youngsters would be attracted to on-line virtual schools.