This particular discussion in Virginia came to naught concerning homeschooling, but the subject of homeschooling was raised apparently concerning county home regulations. Homeschooling is mentioned in the sidebar, not the main article.
Centreville Times, Centreville, Virginia, 20 December 2006, Accessory housing decision postponed
During the citizens’ speaking time during Thursday’s evening supervisor meeting at the Warren Green Building, two residents raised concerns with the proposal – the first dealing with constitutional rights of free assembly and worship as well as homeschooling, and the second with questions about limitations on keeping retail stock at a residence.
In later discussions, supervisors clarified that homeschooling was allowed under the proposed ordinance change so long as compensation was not paid, …
The formation of ‘co-ops’ and other group school activities could be a wrinkle in the perception of homeschooling by the general public. Yes, people like to get together to do things socially, but starting co-ops, ‘homeschool schools,’ and other homeschool-centered activities is, again, taking ‘homeschooling’ farther than the practice of education in the home, which is usually just family life with education incorporated into daily activities.
Participating in group activities is normal for people since we’re social beings, but broadening ‘homeschooling’ into the area of (paid for?) group activities stretches ‘homeschooling.’ This seems to muddy the public’s perception of it to the point that citizens wonder about restricting families from … doing what? Living at home? Or running an at-home school as a business?
The broadening of homeschooling, while probably inevitable to a degree, is a sticky, gray area when it involves people other than family members.
posted by Valerie