The article isÂ not aboutÂ homeschooling, but it caught my eye nonetheless.Â I’m glad for the families for whom this arrangement works, but otherwise, no comment.
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 30 April 2006, Cyber hookyÂ Â
State Department of Education regulations require cyber schools to send students back to their home districts after 30 unexcused absences.
Sheri Rowe, chief of nonpublic, private and charter school services for the state Department of Education, said if a student has three unexcused absences, a cyber school should notify the school district of residence to pursue truancy charges.
Lynn Rodden, family coordinator at the school’s Pittsburgh Mills mall office in Frazer, Allegheny County, didn’t have figures on how many students had been dropped from the school. But she says about 100 students have been placed in an intensive academic assistance program, which requires mandatory log-ons at specific hours.
Trombetta’s school notifies the student’s local school district when there is a problem. The local school district files charges.
He said students in his school get credit for work completed. If a student falls behind, there is a hearing.
“In our world, the cyber world, we have a review with the parents,” he said. That review includes the assistant principal, the school’s director and possibly a guidance counselor.
Sometimes, this visit to the principal’s office, so to speak, is enough, he said.