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HOMESCHOOLERS NEED NOT APPLY

Filed at 2:38 pm under by dcobranchi

HOMESCHOOLERS NEED NOT APPLY Florida legislators have voted to start a virtual charter school for up to 1000 students. Interestingly, homeschoolers are ineligible.

Lawmakers attached several conditions: Courses must follow state standards, teachers must be certified in Florida, and students must take the FCAT and have attended public school the previous year.

This is probably a smart move, politically. One of the most common complaints (by the teachers’ union) about virtual charters is that the school district is just paying for homeschoolers. Of course, the union is undeterred:

“It sounds like a cross between homeschooling and vouchers in many ways,” said Marshall Ogletree of the Florida Education Association. “If you’ve already made the decision to homeschool your child, it’s not a whole lot different, except the state is going to buy your computer for you.”

A foolish consistency…

One Response to “HOMESCHOOLERS NEED NOT APPLY”


Comment by
D Brandt
March 23rd, 2004
at 7:38 pm

Since homeschoolers are citizens and therefore must pay taxes, it is common knowledge that they don’t get the benefit of those taxes that go to the public school system. Therefore the argument from the union is a false statement. Homeschoolers pay for a service ( the school) that they never use. They should be allowed to use a charter school if they are paying taxes!