’08 session comes down to prisons, 26 April 2008, DesMoinesRegister.com, Des Moines, Iowa
One item introduced in the final days and also approved by lawmakers Friday included less money for public schools for helping home-schooled children.
State Department of Education officials think the state is overpaying districts for a home-school assistance program. The money pays for teachers to give parents guidance on lesson plans and other services. But schools are spending only about half the payments of $3,000 per home-schooled student, then using the leftovers elsewhere, a lobbyist for the department said.
If the schools are shortchanged, they will have to continue helping home-schooled students by dipping into their general fund money, according to a lobbyist for the Iowa Association of School Boards.
Some questioned if the state’s education department accurately accounted for how much money designated to schools was properly spent on home-school students.
“Our district does not have many families that participate … but the service we can provide through a licensed practitioner that assists with home instruction, curriculum, student achievement and accountability will be hindered by a reduction in funds,” Kathleen Stine, a home-school coordinator for Winterset Middle School wrote to Rep. Jodi Tymeson, a Republican from Winterset.
Iowa law about Competent Private Instruction.