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    Filed at 1:11 pm under by dcobranchi

    Are these PS begathons going to become a trend?

    The Myrtle Point School District is embarking on a marketing campaign.

    It needs at least 40 new students to commit to enrolling in its schools within the next few weeks to stave off having to lay off teachers for 15 days at the end of this school year, Superintendent Robert Smith said this week.

    And if an additional 60 students don’t enroll by next school year, Smith said, the district will have to cut 36 days out of the coming school year.

    “The more students we get in here, the less we have to take from everybody,” he said.

    The district finds itself staring down the barrel of a $500,000 budget deficit, due to a 37-percent decline in enrollment over the last few years, a 16-percent reduction in state funding since 2000 and a projected 6- to 12-percent increase to employee retirement accounts, Smith said.

    But I’m not too sure this audience is going to be tuning in anytime soon:

    Of the estimated 1,000 home schoolers on the South Coast, Smith said there are about 40 to 50 in the Myrtle Point School District. Teachers and administrators have approached many of them either through face-to-face visits or via letter, Smith said. He also wants to draw some evangelical Christian home schoolers to his district – even if just on a part-time basis – by offering biblical literature taught by his English department. The lessons will be taught similarly to those already offered at community colleges within the guidelines established by state law, Smith explained.

    Why do I get the feeling he’d have better luck offering free car washes for a year and a tote bag?

    2 Responses to “IF IT WORKS FOR NPR …”

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    February 23rd, 2005
    at 7:12 pm

    Government schools are just too funny. Workload has dropped 37%, so uhhhh, lets keep paying everyone full salary and only work three days a week.

    I think it’s too little too late, but it is encouraging to see the school system at least considering offering a course selection – some sort of recognition of the paying customer and market. Although, the teacher’s union as usual puts the wet blanket on. I think a 37% drop in enrollment is evidence that they have “wait and seen” enough. And, I’d think they would be a little more concerned about having uncertified teachers going willy nilly into advanced physics. After all, no one person can teach all those subjects…

    Comment by
    February 24th, 2005
    at 12:24 am

    there is even more to this story! There is a bill in the Oregon Senate that would consolidate ESDs (Educational Service Districts) that provide many administrative functions to school districts. In some parts of the state, this layer of government would merely be eliminated, turning their duties directly over to the school districts. Those duties include administering Oregon’s home education laws. So, we could potentially have one entity (public school districts) with supervisory authority over another entity (homeschoolers) toward which they have a financial interest in having them not exist (see this article). You think public schools would properly administer home school laws when they know that by discouraging home schooling, they get more money?