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    Filed at 7:18 am under by dcobranchi

    Here’s what I just sent to Gov. Minner:

    Dear Gov. Minner,

    I listened with interest to your SotS address yesterday, particularly the education proposals. I applaud your dedication to education and your SEED idea. I do have one concern, though. You mentioned that these scholarships would be “tied to attaining our standards.” I hope that does not mean attaining some cut-score on the DSTP. As you are no doubt well aware, approximately 20 percent of Delaware kids are outside the public school system and do not take the state accountability tests. Even allowing private schoolers and homeschoolers to take the test is problematic, as it would essentially force these non-public schools to follow the public school scope and sequence.

    You said SEED would be modeled on Georgia’s HOPE scholarship. Good. That program uses GPAs and SAT scores to determine eligibility. Private schools and homeschools do not have to change their programs in order for their kids to be eligible.

    I ask that when you send your proposal to Leg Hall, you remember to allow the non-public students to compete on a level playing field.

    Thank you.


    8 Responses to “LETTER TO THE GOV”

    Comment by
    January 26th, 2005
    at 8:56 am

    Tim can probably comment on this with more accuracy than I can, but I believe NJ has started a similar program. Something about being in the top ‘x’ percent of your high school class and you get to go to any community college in NJ for free. Not sure how it will apply to homeschoolers, but I believe something was afoot.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 26th, 2005
    at 9:06 am

    Actually, I can answer that one. I wrote to McGreevey when he announced the NJ STARS program. Homeschoolers are not eligible.

    Comment by
    January 26th, 2005
    at 10:03 am

    If it ends up using GPA – it will only take a few years before it’s practically impossible to not get a 3.0 (or whatever the cutoff is) in a public high school. GA has had a problem with severe grade inflation in the high schools, since no well meaning leftist educator wants to cost a kid his “free” education.

    Comment by
    Kay Brooks
    January 26th, 2005
    at 10:08 am

    We spent time last year rectifying the mistake made by the legislature when Tennessee’s lottery scholarships were established. Public schoolers still have a GPA option that homeschoolers don’t but the SAT/ACT score is now exactly the same.

    TnHome...s.html for details.

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    January 26th, 2005
    at 10:58 am

    Chris, that is my opinion as well. I am really wondering what 10 years of lottery-based education will do for the state colleges (my oldest will be close by then). If they don’t lower standards, a lot those inflated B’s will be gone after a semester.

    Comment by
    January 26th, 2005
    at 12:13 pm

    I have a friend that homeschools in GA. They do test homeschoolers & have done so prior to NCLB.

    Let me know what Gov Minner says in response & I’m also curious as to if you pee into the wind do your shoes get wet? (As I’m so sick of legislators being unable to think in the BIG education picture… they just can’t seem to acknowledge that their proposals have impact on all forms of education)
    Gee does this mean I need to get my raincoat & rubber boots.

    Comment by
    Brian Sassaman
    January 26th, 2005
    at 10:18 pm

    Here is more info on HOPE scholarship for homeschoolers. Homeschoolers are eligible, but they have to complete a year of college and maintain a 3.0 GPA and then be reinbursed for the prior year.


    There is no SAT requirement specifically for HOPE, other than the fact that the SAT is required for admission to the college.

    There are problems with grade inflation at G-schools. There are also questions about how long the lottery income will exceed the HOPE disbursements. I personally think the homeschool model should be applied to everybody – do well and get reimbursed.

    Georgia does require testing of homeschool students every three years, but the scores are not reported to anyone, and as far as I know, there is no method in place to prove to the government that you have tested your kids. Honor system I guess.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 27th, 2005
    at 1:01 am


    Thanks- I guess I was thinking of TN’s version which does use GPAs and ACT scores.