School Choice Wisconsin reports that the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, launched in 1990, was the country’s first school choice program that allowed low-income families to attend private schools. In 1995, the program grew to include religious schools. Now, Wisconsin has four private school choice programs: in addition to the Milwaukee program, there’s one in Racine, one statewide, and one for special needs children.
Additionally, Wisconsin offers some open enrollment within and outside of school districts. Other public school options in Wisconsin include charter and magnet schools. Families may also choose to homeschool their children; it is required to notify the state.