Charter Schools

Where Will That Leave Us?

Where Will That Leave Us?

In December, 1983 – 27 years ago – we collated twenty pages of typing paper into the first issue of Home Education Magazine. We were very proud of our little fledgling publication with typewritten pages and hand-drawn illustrations, and over the years we’ve been honored to publish hundreds of outstanding writers and the best...
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Obama and Homeschooling

I’ve seen an interesting letter referenced on blogs and lists a couple of times now, in response to a November 12 fund-raising alert from HSLDA, which stated in part: “…And whenever private educators accept grants and benefits, there are conditions to receiving those benefits, including being subject to regulation. Just because the federal government...
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Public School Programs Are Not Homeschooling

By the 1990’s homeschooling had become an accepted alternative to public schooling and traditional private schools. Dozens of books touted homeschooling as a desirable approach to living and learning together as a family; newspaper articles and interviews showcased happy, smiling children and their proudly beaming parents. The movement had arrived, found its place in...
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Homeschooling Goes Mainstream

Milton Gaither, author of the book “Homeschool: An American History,” published an article in the winter edition of the respected Stanford University journal Education Next, titled “Homeschooling Goes Mainstream.” Gaither announced the article at his blog: “In it I describe the growing diversity of homeschoolers and the increasingly heterogeneous forms homeschooling is taking, including collaborative efforts...
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Mimi Rothschild: Taking over homeschooling?

I’ve waited two days to write this post, believing it’s best to err on the side of caution when the stakes are potentially very high. Having waited two days, and having considered all the harassing phone calls, all the blisteringly-written letters, all the provoking emails, all the threatened lawsuits… well… enough is enough. Mimi...
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SpunkyHomeSchool Says It Well

Trying to catch up with some of my favorite blogs and came across this from Spunky, which I thought deserved excerpting here (I strongly advise clicking over and reading her entire post): SpunkyHomeSchool: The Online Charter Homeschool Myth “For the record, I don’t care what curriculum Dan or anyone else chooses to homeschool their...
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AHA Focus: Charter Schools

Anyone interested in this important topic will want to visit the informative AHA Focus: Charter Schools site/blog, maintained by our good friend Annette Jurczak, of the National Charter School Watch. There’s a wealth of articles, essays, letters, resources and more available on the subject.
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Longtime friend Kathy Kearny shared a post she made recently to the MaineHomeschooling email discussion group about the Maine Education Data Management System, also known as MEDMS: “Be aware that if your homeschooled child DOES participate in courses at the public school through the homeschool public school access law (full text of law), then...
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Homeschooling & Public Schooling

SCHOOL@HOME: What Makes a Homeschooler Symposium A marvelous analogy from a blogger, Tenn, who presents an entire symposium on the suject at the link above: “The best analogy to sum it up is the difference between homeschooling and public school at home to me is the difference between working at home for a company...
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Important Reading

HEM’s Support Groups Liaison, Mary Nix, has posted an important and compelling piece at her Support Groups weblog about a recent court decision in California. A few excerpted quotes: “…Home education is one of the last great bastions of freedom for families in this country and … it is vital that we actively participate...
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