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  •  so if it's a charter (2+ / 0-)
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    then are you under public school administration as homeschoolers or how does that work?

    We have a lot happening in Washington with alternative programs from teh public schools.  They call themselves homeschoolers but they are under different law/requirements if they are in an alternative program than those who work under the homeschool law, and the testing requirements are different.

    Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by k8dd8d on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:15:21 PM PST

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    •  It is a charter school. Each family has a teacher (6+ / 0-)

      who visits with them and goes over their curriculum. Some families need a lot of help and used the standardized curriculum. Others are more devoted and really think outside the box. The teacher makes sure the kids are on track and sometimes does an activity with them and tries to guide them. Christian curriculum is not purchased by the school and cannot be used as work samples.

      Most of the high school kids attend classes at the junior college. This is fantastic. The kids just love it and do not have to deal with ANY peer pressure or high school BS. College kids are over it and have no interest in being mean and half the time don't even know the kids are high school aged. Unfortunately K-12 kids register last so getting classes is kind of a pain and in California k-12 kids can only take 11.5 units so the 4 and 5 unit math and science classes kind of mess up a schedule.

      Most of those kids graduate from high school with their AA in general ed so their first two years of college are done though.

      "Pretty soon we're not going to be able to find reasonable decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serving public office." Sheriff Dupnik, AZ

      by voracious on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:21:02 PM PST

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      •  that teacher interaction thing (4+ / 0-)
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        is how the alternative public school programs work here.  Families sign on and get supported by a teacher, same thing, they can take the curriculum or not, etc.  They fall under the administration of the public schools, and are counted in funding formulas, and depending on their percentage of involvement, they have to take the state testing.  There is a proposal on board now that will make that even more "accountable" with more teacher involvement.  

        Outside of that, we have a separate homeschooling law that is not administered by the public schools at all.  Basically, the compulsory law in Wa says you will either public school, private school or homeschool and there are separate legislative definitions and requiremtns for each.  If you homeschool under this, then you have absolutely no accountability to the state other than a responsibility to provide 11 subjects which are defined, have the kids tested once a year and make remediation if they are not making progress.  

        Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. ~Thomas Jefferson

        by k8dd8d on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:26:36 PM PST

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      •  This is similar (2+ / 0-)
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        to the charter school my DD is enrolled at. It is on the same campus as the local community college and the kids go back and forth taking high school and college classes as needed.

        They are public school students and take all the craptastic tests.

      •  We have a similar school in our area (0+ / 0-)

        We may, in fact, be talking about the same one. We've thought long and hard about signing Little up - for damn sure we could use the help with the curriculum! - but the tests are what decided us not to.

        Are you on the Wreck List? Horde on Garrosh.

        by Moody Loner on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 07:11:44 AM PST

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    •  Yes, charters are ranked on all the same measures (3+ / 0-)
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      as neighborhood public schools in California.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:23:18 PM PST

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