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    Filed at 2:22 am under by dcobranchi

    I’m not sure what to think of this:

    Home schoolers and private school students would be allowed to take online public school courses under changes a Senate committee made Monday to a bill backed by [Georgia] Gov. Sonny Perdue.

    …He said the state’s school funding formula would pay for non-public school students just as if new students had enrolled in Georgia schools.

    …The virtual courses would count as class credit toward graduation, but the Virtual School itself would not issue diplomas.

    OK– homeschool kids could take g-school classes via the computer. Are they still homeschoolers? Do they have to take the state accountability tests? Are there other requirements? Or are they just being granted access to a bunch of html?

    I’m generally inclined against this kind of blended “homeschooling,” as I think it becomes all too easy then to regulate homeschooling.

    4 Responses to “THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”


    Comment by
    Helen Hegener
    January 25th, 2005
    at 3:50 am

    It’s definitely a slippery slope, but my concern is as much for public schooling as for homeschooling. I think the increasing tendency toward these kinds of blended programs is a big step in the direction of privatizing education in this country – and I’m still debating whether or not that’s a good thing. Would a totally private system of education lead to more freedom in what’s taught – or less?


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 25th, 2005
    at 5:57 am

    As a signer og the SepSchool Proclamation, I’m in favor of ending the g-school monopoly. Do I think it will ever happen? No. But steps down that road (charters, private schools, vouchers) are all good. That may be one reason I’m so opposed to these blended situations; they’re kind of a rear-guard action by the g-schools to suck back in some of the escapees.


    Comment by
    Helen
    January 25th, 2005
    at 5:52 pm

    I dunno. I honestly don’t remember whether I signed the SepSchool Proclamation or not, because it has always seemed to me that we need both public schooling and private alternatives. I have a hard time imagining what things would be like if the *only* option was one or the other.


    Comment by
    Helen
    January 25th, 2005
    at 6:01 pm

    Okay, since I’m just idling along here enjoying a late lunch I clicked over to the SepSchool site and checked out their listing of “homeschool leaders” who’ve signed, then I checked out the business and media signers, and a couple other categories… Then I read the FAQs and reminded myself why I’ve never been able to screw up much enthusiasm for the effort, well-intentioned as it may be.

    You know what they say about good intentions.