An in-depth feature article appeared in the Sunday edition of the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper:
By Megan Holland
If Alaska parents want to home-school their child, no paperwork needs to be filed, no phone call made. No one need be told.
As for the student, no specific subjects need to be studied, no number of hours need be logged behind a desk, no tests taken.
Alaska has the most lax home-schooling law in the country.
No one even knows how many Alaska children stay home instead of attending a public or private school — they aren’t tracked or monitored.
Home-school advocates say the lack of reporting and regulation is the way it should be because it leaves parents free to make choices for the child. But others say it leaves an uncounted number of children at the mercy of parents who don’t have what it takes to give kids what they need to avoid being left behind in life.
The tension between the two camps — traditional bricks-and-mortar educators and fiercely independent home-schooling parents — has existed for years with each bad-mouthing the other for real or perceived inadequacies.
Should Alaska join the ranks of other states by tightening its home-schooling laws?
State Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux wants to at least ask the question.
Continue reading this in-depth article.