Sun Report, 24 September 2007, ABC2 News, Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore County school system plans to test a full-time, online school, providing certified teachers and Web-based lesson plans for free, starting this week with home-schooled students.
“There’s a tremendous incentive to co-opt the home-school movement,” said [Manfred Smith, president of the Maryland Home Education Association], who estimates the state has betweeen 25,000 and 30,000 home-schooled children. “This is about seeing an increase in the number of kids beginning to leave the public school system for home-schooling and to keep them attached to the school system.”
The children would be considered to be public school students and would be expected to take all statewide standardized tests – and would presumably count toward the enrollment figures used to determine federal aid to the school system, which could help pay for Connections Academys program.
Mickey Revenaugh, vice-president of state relations for Connections Academy, said the company generally charges about $5,500 to $6,000 per child. The price would have to be negotiated if the school system decides to adopt the program after the pilot phase.
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