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    Filed at 8:05 am under by dcobranchi

    Alaska home educators are also feeling the tug of the edu-crats reeling in the ones they sucked back into the system:

    Since 1997, parents in Alaska have enjoyed state support for homeschool expenses with almost no academic restraint—provided any religious-themed teaching materials were purchased with private money. No more.

    …Armed with a new application of an old statute, Alaska’s Department of Education and Early Development (EED) declared that teaching a majority of core subjects with religious-based materials—even those privately purchased—disqualifies parents from receiving government funds. It employed a 1966 law, which states, “Partisan, sectarian, or denominational doctrines may not be advocated in a public school during the hours the school is in session.”

    …Assistant attorney general Kathleen Starsbaugh confirmed EED’s interpretive broadening of the law, labeling private homes as public schools.

    So home educating families are now officially adjuncts of the g-school system. It should surprise no one that the edu-crats are pushing this idea. It’s been pretty obvious for a long time that that was the goal of their “support” for home education.

    There may be a silver lining here. Home education (real home education, free of government strings) might be in for a renaissance. I only hope that there are enough independent-minded folks left in AK to re-form a critical mass.

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