Charter Schools Wooing Homeschoolers

There have been various posts on how charter schools are trying to woo homeschoolers and why homeschoolers are concerned that this could lead to more regulation for them.

Now we have one school official admit this:

“Our district has always worked with home school families. We allow home schooled students to co-enroll at all levels. Most districts do not. Our virtual school is mostly home schooled students. My philosophy is to work with families and help them become comfortable with public schooling.”

—Supt. Randy Weseman (Source: Lawrence Journal-World online, Feb. 22, 2006)

This superintendent is from Kansas, but this is the goal behind all these charter schools. His students are not home schooled, they are doing public school at home. Parents have to report grades and attendance to teachers. The teachers decide the grades and the school decides the curriculum. And if you read through all the details yourself, you will find that the charter school itself considers all the students enrolled as public school students.

Do not be deceived-read all the details before signing up for one of these schools. Make sure you know if the charter school considers their students to be public school students, then make a decision based on those facts.


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dee
    Sep 02, 2007 @ 03:39:13

    Please research facts before reporting misinformation as truth. The “teachers” do NOT decide the grades (the teaching adult at home does) Grades are NOT reported to the education specialists (by the way, at this particular virtual school the adult at home is the teacher and the contact person who offers help and encouragement is the education specialist)Attendance is required only on three specific dates a school year and only on these three days is it “reported” to the school. Parents have the option of selecting one or more of the K12 courses offered (yes, the same EXACT K12 curriculum used by independent home school families across the country) No family is ever required to take a course they do not want their child to participate in. Religious and political viewpoints are always respected in regards to literature and science and substitutions, of the family’s chosing, is permitted. No one ever visits the family home to check on how they chose to educate their children—the assumption is that the home school adult is more than capable of educating their child(ren) Lawrence Virtual School (the school you refer to) is a school of choice, not a mandate. Most of the LVS education specialists are home school adults who also happened to be certified teachers for the state of Kansas.

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  2. abrianna
    Sep 02, 2007 @ 14:40:44

    Dee,

    I addressed your comments in the post above this one. They were too long to fit in this box.

    Reply

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