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    Filed at 1:09 pm under by dcobranchi

    I have to admit that I really don’t understand CA home education laws. In particular, the “home school charter” thing just confuses the heck out of me. Questions I’d like answered: Do individual parents pick out the curricula or is it the charter administration? Do the kids have to take the NCLB tests?

    4 Responses to “MORE FROM THE LEFT COAST”


    Comment by
    Anonymous
    May 8th, 2005
    at 2:58 pm

    I hear you Daryl about being confused. It has been hard to wrap my mind around that aspect of the charter school movement. When I began my quest of learning about charters and cyber learning, the first actual person I talked to from the charter point of view, was a CA mom who has her daughter in a home charter. My point that I want to get across to charter and homeschoolers is, I highly doubt that most states would gain that much flexibility as CA has. By promoting a type of “supervised homeschooling” thru home charters as a good thing for hsing, more than likely it won’t resemble anything like it in the other states compared to CA. I’m thinking that the flexibility that they have decreases rather than increases thru the years. Yes, they are accountable for state standards and testing as all charter schools are. I think my friend in CA said that she had a $1000 to spend on such things as horse riding lessons, art classes, etc. and then what was it? $1500 for educational materials on top of that? She had a lot of freedom and flexibility, but I don’t see this as a trend personally. Although Alaska seems to be right behind CA with some of the home-based programs.
    Annette
    National Charter School Watch list:
    groups.../NCSW/


    Comment by
    Mary N.
    May 8th, 2005
    at 7:59 pm

    The California Department of Education states that they do have to comply with testing. Mary

    The site states:

    Charter School – Assessment & Statewide Testing
    Information for charter schools regarding compliance in statewide assessment and testing.

    In general, charter schools are required by law to participate in all statewide testing programs, including testing required for the Academic Performance Index (API). These requirements are provided for in Education Code Sections 47605 and 47612.5. The relevant portions of those sections are listed below:

    47605(c)(1) Charter schools shall meet all statewide standards and conduct the pupil assessments required pursuant to Section 60605 and any other statewide standards authorized in statute or pupil assessments applicable to pupils in noncharter public schools.

    47612.5(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and as a condition of apportionment, a charter school shall do all of the following:

    (1) Offer, at a minimum, the same number of minutes of instruction set forth in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 46201 for the appropriate grade levels.

    (2) Maintain written contemporaneous records that document all pupil attendance and make these records available for audit and inspection.

    (3) Certify that its pupils have participated in the state testing programs specified in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 60600) of Part 33 in the same manner as other pupils attending public schools as a condition of apportionment of state funding.
    cde.ca...st.asp


    Comment by
    Anonymous
    May 8th, 2005
    at 9:32 pm

    Here is an article link that is representative of charter schools in CA in the sense of calls for more oversight and accountability. What is interesting to me is that often, it is charter school parents that are asking for this in order for their own charter schools to stay open.

    inside...683136

    Here is a snip:
    >>WHEN charter school laws were written in California, they freed such schools from the constraints of many of the rules of the educational establishment. They didn’t free charter school administrators from the laws of society. California needs to prosecute the founder and other officials of the now-defunct California Charter Academy and further tighten oversight of charter schools. The state’s Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team reported recently that officials of the academy, which had schools throughout California, including one in Oakland, misused at least $25.6 million in public funds for…>>>

    Maine–no charter school law this year –8th try.

    Annette
    National Charter School Watch list:
    groups.../NCSW/


    Comment by
    Dee Dee
    May 9th, 2005
    at 2:00 am

    As a California resident who once had her children in a homeschool charter, I can relate my own experience. I was able to plan my sons’ curriculum and order games, science and art supplies, back issues of magazines and secular books. Some friends within the same charter unschooled. What was required was two work samples (which could be photographs of some project) and a meeting with the teacher assigned every 20 calendar school days. Testing is required for students who do not live in the district sponsoring the charter school, as a condition of an interdistrict transfer. They are, after all, public school students, even if they never set foot on a school campus. We left due to poor communication by the directors with the teachers and some questions about the financial stability of the school. I find that filing the R4 changed very little in the way I school my sons than the way I did with the charter school other than not wasting two weeks on test prep and testing.