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    Filed at 7:33 am under by dcobranchi

    A reporter in the St. Paul Pioneer Press understands the difference between cyber charters and home education.

    Eight-year-old Maddie Hintz needs only to step out of her bedroom, head down the hall and grab a seat at the kitchen table to start the school day.

    …At first glance, this appears to be a typical home-school setting.

    It isn’t — or is not, to draw from Maddie’s lesson on contractions.

    Maddie is a public school student enrolled in the Wisconsin Connections Academy, one of a growing number of virtual schools in Wisconsin.

    The Wisconsin Connections Academy and the 12 other virtual school programs in the state rely on computers and the Internet to provide an alternative educational option.

    2 Responses to “KUDOS”

    Comment by
    February 27th, 2005
    at 11:51 am

    It’s about time someone in the media got that right! Thanks for pointing that out.

    Comment by
    February 27th, 2005
    at 2:17 pm

    Sometimes, the media knows the difference, but chooses to lie to the readers in order to make their point. I have an email from an Editor when I confronted him on the fact that homeschooling in PA was not cyber charter (public) school.

    I wrote:
    Dear Mr. Volpe,
    In your recent article, it was apparent that you do not understand the differences between (public) cyber charter school and home education.

    You said, ” Hello? A cyber-charter school is homeschooling. The kids stay home to go to school in either case. The advantage to the cyber-charter school is that the parents don’t have to file lesson plans and proof of progress reports with the local school district, as Pennsylvania law requires for homeschooling. ”

    Public cyber charter school is not the equivalent of home education.

    Franics Volpe wrote:
    I’ve written about cyber-schooling and homeschooling before, so I’m aware of the difference. I chose to exaggerate the similarities a bit, not to denigrate either form of schooling but to help drive home the point that Santorum was freeloading thousands of dollars from a school district he would never actually choose to send his kids to. It’s too bad we taxpayers don’t pay U.S. Senators enough so that they can educate their children in the schools of their choice.

    Have a good week.

    Francis Volpe
    The Sentinel