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    Filed at 1:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    Salt Lake City’s Davis School District wants to “help” homeschoolers. How?

    Under the program, parents would teach their children at home using K12 curriculums for language arts, math, science, history, art and music. The program is self-paced, so a child could advance as quickly or slowly as needed.

    The district would use state per-pupil funding to pay K12 $1,200 to $1,500 annually for the books, equipment and other instructional materials for each participating child.

    While much of the curriculum and corresponding assessments are Internet-based, the program also includes hands-on activities such as analyzing the parts of a flower for second-grade science. A district teacher will monitor each child’s progress and attendance weekly to make sure they adhere to state requirements.

    Participating children also will be subject to state-mandated standardized tests. Those tests are not required of children who are home-schooled independently of a district.

    Edu-crats say it’s not a cyber-charter but it sure walks and quacks like one. Not to worry, though. The district will still “approve” homeschooling programs that don’t use K12. Thanks a lot.

    One Response to “THEY’RE NOT HELPING”

    Comment by
    Jim Thomason
    August 2nd, 2003
    at 12:20 am

    Notice that the SCHOOL DISTRICT would pay K12 their 1200-1500 fee – using state per-pupil funding. In other words, the homeschooled kids would be carried on the school districts roles, and they would be paid as if these kids were actually attending.

    Hmm, I wonder what happens to the rest of the state funding? I’m sure that the school will just send it back, right?