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STILL THE WORST

Filed at 8:59 am under by dcobranchi

Home educators in the other 49 states ought to thank God each day that they don’t live in PA.

6 Responses to “STILL THE WORST”


Comment by
Myrtle
May 14th, 2006
at 9:30 am

How much public money is being spent in that state on oversight of homeschoolers? I guess all the special ed kids are getting all the resources they need and there is money overflowing to use on oversight.

Do I have the same option as the states do with the feds? I’ll opt out of testing in exchange for not receiving any tax money.


Comment by
Jeanne
May 14th, 2006
at 11:25 am

Y’know, I wonder if it would interest Pennsylvania officials to know that people decide NOT to locate in their state because they have these laws/this reputation. My husband has run lots of different businesses, and I can tell you, he is unlikely to do so in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, homeschooling numbers are still minimal, so it’s hard to make the economic case.

Still, I wonder about making it part of an overall “quality of life” issue for Chambers of Commerce. One county I lived in in Virginia had (before I moved there) passed a resolution supporting homeschoolers for saving tax dollars and taking responsibility for their children.

States and localities need to know that having a supportive atmosphere for education includes the freedom for home education to thrive as an alternative. Imposing institutional regulations on families is proof they don’t get it.


Comment by
Jill
May 14th, 2006
at 11:44 am

Can’t find the source for this but here is what I found in my files:

“In the course of the piece, there’s an interesting stat about the results of Pennsylvania’s annual evaluation process:
For the school year 2002-03, there were 107 cases where a student’s program was deemed inappropriate by an evaluator and 294 cases where a superintendent deemed it inappropriate, according to the state Department of Education. Of those cases, only 16 made it to the hearing level.

So, of the 24,415 registered homeschooled children in Pennsy in 2002-03, only .0006 had programs deemed bad enough to require an administrative hearing. And how much money and time is spent, by parents and districts alike, to isolate these 16 children? (I checked the state report from which these numbers were drawn, and it’s silent on whether any of those hearings resulted in a child being placed back in school.)”

Like I said, I have no source for this, I just had it tucked away in my debate stuff.
Jill


Comment by
SLM
May 14th, 2006
at 11:57 am

Wow, all that effort and concern for a few kids. Do they put this much effort into educating the vast majority of kids who do attend their schools? They sound so arrogant. Some people think getting a job with the public school system (a default job for many teachers and admins) actually gives them some sort of moral and intellectual superiority over others. Why don’t they just prove hsers wrong by making public schools the best place to get an education?

SLM


Comment by
COD
May 14th, 2006
at 12:36 pm

I certainly won’t be moving to PA as long as those draconian laws are in effect.


Comment by
Karen in CT
May 15th, 2006
at 1:27 pm

I’ve made the decision not to move to Pennsylvania (or New York) twice so far when my husband has had jobs in Manhattan.