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    Filed at 11:34 am under by dcobranchi

    Get your facts straight, moron!

    An Opinion column in the Carlisle (PA) Sentinel rags on Rick Santorum’s decision (under political duress) to pull his kids out of a cyber charter and homeschool them:

    Last week, the senator announced he would homeschool his kids from now on in an attempt to defuse the controversy.

    Hello? A cyber-charter school is homeschooling. The kids stay home to go to school in either case. The advantage to the cyber-charter school is that the parents don’t have to file lesson plans and proof of progress reports with the local school district, as Pennsylvania law requires for homeschooling.

    I know we have some PA readers here. Can someone please set this guy straight before he hurts himself?

    4 Responses to “HELLO?”

    Comment by
    November 23rd, 2004
    at 5:47 pm

    I wrote to Mr. Volpe to point out that Public cyber charter school is not the equivalent of home education. (www.phea.net for the comprehensive article)

    And here was his response. Apparently exaggeration and lack of facts is the editorial game, as he so admitted.

    Here was his response (dripping in illogical sarcasm):
    From: Francis Volpe
    To: Maryalice
    I’ve written about cyber-schooling and homeschooling before, so I’m aware of the difference. I chose to exaggerate the similarities a bit, not to denigrate either form of schooling but to help drive home the point that Santorum was freeloading thousands of dollars from a school district he would never actually choose to send his kids to. It’s too bad we taxpayers don’t pay U.S. Senators enough so that they can educate their children in the schools of their choice.

    Have a good week.

    Francis Volpe
    The Sentinel

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    November 23rd, 2004
    at 6:06 pm

    I call bull****!

    Comment by
    November 23rd, 2004
    at 6:17 pm

    One more point about the problem with the cyber school-homeschool blur in PA. Legislators are confused; media are confused (or add to the confusion).

    Just because you can take a fast food meal home, does not make it “home-cooked.” Taking public school home in the form of cyber charter school, does not make it “homeschooling.”

    Comment by
    November 23rd, 2004
    at 11:34 pm

    OK, cyber charters are the “Boston Markets” of homeschooling. It may looked like a homecooked meal but it’s not like you made it from scratch.