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ENCROACHMENT?

Filed at 6:20 am under by dcobranchi

Is HSLDA opposing a bill creating cyber schools in MO?

If you are a proponent of education and you follow legislative activity about education, you already may be aware of House Bill 1275 introduced by Representative Brian Baker. HB 1275 requires the State Board of Education to establish a virtual school by July 1, 2007. Any student in kindergarten through grade 12 could enroll in this virtual classroom, regardless of where the student lives in Missouri. The participating student would be officially enrolled in the district of their residency… Although there was no opposition in Committee, concerns have been expressed by the Home School Legal Defense Foundation (HSLDF). Their cautions are over funding and the potential for encroachment upon home schoolers.

If the “potential for encroachment upon home schoolers” really is their reason, that’s incredibly weak. I really hope that Rep. Emery misinterpreted.

Now where’s that ombudsman when you need him?

4 Responses to “ENCROACHMENT?”


Comment by
Karen
February 24th, 2006
at 11:19 am

Perhaps HSLDA is concerned that “could enroll” will eventually become “must enroll.” I know that would be a concern of mine.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
February 24th, 2006
at 11:28 am

Never happen. They’d have to outlaw homeschooling completely. I’d hate to be the edu-crat who proposed that.


Comment by
Karen
February 24th, 2006
at 12:38 pm

I don’t think I agree, Daryl. I can totally see a politician spinning it so that it seems to public school parents that he is getting tough on home school cheaters by making them accountable, and also so it seems to the homeschool parents that he is merely streamlining and simplifying reporting processes.
It would require no such actual outlawing of homeschooling to bring homeschoolers under the purview of a virtual school administration.
But maybe I’m being overly cynical.


Comment by
Annette
February 24th, 2006
at 1:07 pm

Often public virtual school proponents say virtual schooling has nothing to do with homeschooling. I know that I would like to believe that. Unfortunately, I think the time is coming where homeschoolers can’t look the other way and say that the choice to attend a virtual school won’t have an impact on hsing. I dare say to keep homeschooling freedoms, we may have to be proactive in regards to virtual charter schools (more so with virtual schools that are run by private corporations).
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~Annette