Ohio homeschoolers should prepare for advertising to appear in their mailboxes.
- Vindy.com, The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, 10 March 2006, Is cyber school in district’s future?Â The district would receive a fee for each pupil it can recruit for the cyber school.
[Superintendent] Heuer said Austintown would get a fee for every student enrolled in the charter school. That number isn’t final yet, but Heuer said the district is looking at between $1,000 and $1,200 per pupil.
Northeast Ohio has an estimated 40,000 children being home-schooled, a large potential cyber school market, Heuer added. If you have a computer, you can be anywhere. You don’t have to be in a classroom, he said.
Persuading just one-tenth of that number and Austintown’s current virtual school pupils to enroll in the Virtual Community School of Ohio could earn the district nearly $500,000 in fees, Heuer said.
That would help offset the projected $800,000 loss in state subsidy revenue Austintown expects this year, Heuer said, pointing out the 270 Austintown children were lost to other school districts this year through open enrollment. Those children chose to attend classes outside the district, and state subsidies follow the students.
In Ohio, the change from homeschooling to public school enrollment via a virtual school brings with it a return to compulsory attendance.
- Students who have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home education as defined by the Administrative Code shall no longer be excused for that purpose upon their enrollment in a community school.
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