Seattle School District – Thanks for Listening
WHO’S News, Published by Washington Homeschool Organization, by Janice Hedin, June 2005
Ann: For a very long time, possibly ten years or more, Washington homeschoolers have chafed against the organizers and staff of public school Alternative Learning Programs (ALEs) who insisted on commingling the language and concepts of homeschooling (under Washington’s home-based education law) with Public School ALE programs.
Washington homeschoolers have patiently and systematically worked to educate both new-to-homeschooling families and the staff and school board members about the differences in the two approaches.
(A useful comparative chart can be found here ) Too often their words fell on deaf ears. The confusion has long caused many hard feelings.
Now comes a ray of hope for an end to the confusion. At a January Library presentation for homeschoolers entitled, “Homeschooling Vs. Public School Alternative Education Programs – What are the Issues?” many topics were discussed, including the ways that ALE programs affect and threaten homeschooling.
The Director of the Seattle Homeschool Resource Center (a public school ALE – alternative learning program), Cynthia Barrientos, was in attendance. After the presentation, she stated, “I am more than happy to re-do [the brochure containing the confusing language] to be more clear about the distinctions.”
Well, hats off to Cynthia and her staff and parent council! I am sure many Washington homeschoolers are looking forward to reading that newly worded brochure.