Shorewood - The School Board on Tuesday approved adding 14 new students in the Chapter 220 program for the 2012-13 school year, making a total of about 150 nonresident students in the Shorewood School District.
With 12 Chapter 220 students expected to graduate this year, the addition of the 14 students will result in a net gain of two students, said Shorewood High School Principal Matthew Joynt.
The Chapter 220 Program is funded with state aid and was intended to voluntarily draw minority students into low-minority districts for the purpose of improving racial balance and fostering understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
The Wisconsin Chapter 220-Interdistrict Transfer Program is the oldest of Milwaukee's parental choice programs. The program was established in 1976 to promote racial integration of Milwaukee and its surrounding suburban districts. The program coincided with a federal court order for desegregation in Milwaukee.
In the 2011-2012 school year, 2,025 Milwaukee students attended suburban schools in the 24 participating school districts and about 341 suburban students attend Milwaukee Public Schools. The state aid for each pupil transferred into a district is equal to the district's annual cost of educating the student.
The Chapter 220 Program is funded by the state at the full average cost per student, which is more than $11,000.
The Shorewood School District utilizes a local Chapter 220 Planning Council to establish the number of seats provided through the program. A main goal for this planning council is to make seats available while preserving the integrity and quality of programs at all levels. School district officials said the additional Chapter 220 students do not require additional staffing at any grade level.
The peak number of Chapter 220 students was 1994-1995 at 430 students. Since the 1995-96 school year, the district has maintained a high level of participation in the program, with 146 students currently attending the Shorewood Schools through Chapter 220.
"In terms of the success of these students, the earlier we can get them (enrolled), the better," Joynt told the School Board.
Joynt said 12 percent of Shorewood High School students are minorities.
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