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Problems with Public “Homeschooling” Programs

The homeschooling community constantly debates on whether or not it is wise to participate in public school-sponsored programs, such as an ISP or charter school designed for homeschoolers. Are public ISPs a threat to homeschools? Should we insist on our rights as tax-payers to force the schools to let our kids participate in sports, drama and music? Does participation harm the rights of those who wish to remain independent? What about government funded programs masquerading as homeschool programs? Can we have our cake and eat it, too? Home School programs discussion page and find more about online home school programs here.

Cyberschool Problems

Charter School Performance in Pennsylvania
More than one quarter of the charter schools have significantly more positive learning gains than their traditional public school counterparts in reading, but their performance is eclipsed by the nearly half of charter schools that have significantly lower learning gains. In math, again nearly half of the charter schools studied perform worse than their traditional public school peers and one quarter outperform them.

Feds: PA Cyber Charter School founder Trombetta schemed to steal $1 million
Charges against Nicholas Trombetta include fraud, tax conspiracy and filing false returns; accountant Neal Prence also indicted. August 24, 2013.

Homeschools, Private Schools, and Systems Education
Many homeschool parents are buying into Bennett’s K12® Virtual Academy program under the assumption that it is free from government control. That is an assumption they should not make. The K12® Virtual Academy program receives from the state coffers full-time equivalent (FTE) money. By Lynn Stuter.

Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools
By almost every educational measure, the Agora Cyber Charter School is failing. Nearly 60 percent of its students are behind grade level in math. Nearly 50 percent trail in reading. A third do not graduate on time. And hundreds of children, from kindergartners to seniors, withdraw within months after they enroll. By Wall Street standards, though, Agora is a remarkable success that has helped enrich K12 Inc., the publicly traded company that manages the school. And the entire enterprise is paid for by taxpayers.

Report Shows Students Attending K12 Inc. Cyber Schools Fall Behind
BOULDER, CO (July 18, 2012) — A new report released today by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado shows that students at K12 Inc., the nation’s largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math scores than students in brick-and-mortar schools.

Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine
Documents expose the flow of money and influence from corporations that stand to profit from state leaders’ efforts to expand and deregulate digital education. This story originally was published on Sept. 2, 2012.

Virtual Charter School Shuttered Over Financial, Management Issues
During the first few months of 2015, a new board president resigned, as did a school business manager, reportedly saying she didn’t want to be responsible for signing any more checks. Then a key administrator at the school provided Education One with further documentation of additional financial problems.

Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their educational value
K12 has hired lobbyists from Boise to Boston and backed political candidates who support school choice in general and virtual education in particular. From 2004 to 2010, K12 gave about $500,000 in direct contributions to state politicians across the country, with three-quarters going to Republicans, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Dual Enrollment

Are “Dual Enrollment” and “Running Start” Really Homeschool Options?
Barbara Shelton argues the point that if you send your homeschooling teen to a community college then you are no longer homeschooling.

What You Need to Know About Your Part-Time Enrollment Rights
How can you take advantage of these alt. ed. programs without giving up your home-based or homeschooling status under the Washington state law?

Government Plans for Charter Schools

National Charter School Resource Center
Official government site promoting charter schools and what the plans are. Don’t take it all from us homeschoolers! Find out how charters are linked to No Child Left Behind. Find out about lucrative grants available. Follow the money!

A New Charter for Homeschooling?
The appeal of home-based charter schools represents a threat to the independence of home schooling, Young said. “The most insidious of these offerings, in my opinion, are those specifically meant to be Trojan horse programs, aimed at ‘recapturing’ – a term used by their promoters – students ‘lost’ to homeschooling.” By Dr. Karen Palasek.

Seduction of Homeschool Families
Essay about the more subtle and dangerous tactic some states use to recapture homeschooling families ­ the inauguration of government homeschooling programs. By Chris Cardiff.

6 Reasons States Shouldn’t Balance Budgets with a Carrot to Homeschool
There are problems, big problems for homeschoolers, if these offers of tax credits become policy. I’ll get to the problems associated with homeschool after sharing some of the stories from three states. By Linda Dobson..

Why I Will Not Sign the “We Stand for Homeschooling Statement and Resolution”
So why not sign this “We Stand for Homeschooling” statement? If I see government- or corporate-sponsored programs as close to worthless, what’s the problem? by Mary Griffith

Wild pig and babiesThe Wild and Free Pigs of Okefenokee Swamp
A southern parable about the dangers of getting used to free handouts.

Public School Programs

Government-Subsidized Home Schooling Programs
Will family educators dodge this bullet? By accepting funds from the government, home schoolers provide a strong rationale for government control of home schoolers. By Rodger Williams.

Home Education in Ohio: New Arm of Public Education?
This information was prepared by Ohio Home Education Coalition an open and inclusive coalition of interested homeschoolers who come together to raise awareness of issues facing homeschoolers in Ohio.

Home is where the school is
But should the public pay for it? And how much is too much? Three central questions emerged in the debate: How the Virtual School spends its $6,000-plus per student; how many of its students come from homeschool or private school backgrounds; and just who’s behind the Virtual School’s program anyway. By Jennifer Barnett Reed.

Home-based Instruction vs Alternative Learning Exp. Programs
Alt. Ed., Cyberschools, “Homeschool” Centers, etc. What you need to know. From the Washington Homeschool Organization.

Public Independent Study Programs
Enrolling your child in a public school independent study program is the legal equivalent to enrolling him in public school. These are the “home study” programs offered by many school districts. Public ISPs vary widely from school to school in the level of control they exert over their students and the services they offer. By Debbie Schwarzer, Esq., Linda J. Conrad, Esq., and Elizabeth Bryant, Esq.

Sports & Activities

NCAA Bans Coursework Completed by Athletes in 24 K12 Inc. Virtual Schools
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) won’t accept coursework completed by student athletes at two dozen virtual school programs operated by K12, Inc., as of 2014-15, at any Division I or Division II college or university.

Why Can’t Homeschoolers Play on School Sports Teams
Years ago there were major problems with ringers, or players who weren’t qualified, playing on teams in league sports.

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