Robert Kunzman of Indiana University believes that, a “state appeals court ruling that leaves discretion to individual districts regarding part-time students could have a negative impact on home-schooled students.” In a May 9, 2007 media release, Ruling could restrict home-schooled students, we learn that Robert Kunzman, IU researcher is studying home schooling nationwide.
Mr. Kunzman states:
The court decided in favor of the Brownsburg School Corporation in the corporation’s challenge to the Indiana Department of Education. The DOE had maintained every public school corporation must admit any student who requests “dual enrollment,” such as a home-schooled student requesting to take classes part-time in the public school. The presiding judge wrote, however, that an Indiana school has “the authority to regulate and control the enrollment of students in its course offerings under its policy.”
The state can appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court before June 1.
Kunzman is in the middle of a multi-year research project exploring home-schooling practices and philosophies across the U.S. He said the decision didn’t “slam the door shut on anybody,” but did allow the option for school corporations to close out home-school students who want to participate in extracurricular activities or specialized classes that are hard to conduct at home.
And, it is possible for a local school to adopt a policy of admitting no part-time student in any circumstance.
“In that regard,” Kunzman said, “I think it’s unfortunate if that’s the route they choose to go.”
Instead, Kunzman recommends that corporations adopt certain requirements for part-time participation.
“I don’t think it should just be a free-for-all,” he said, “but I don’t think that most homeschoolers would expect that anyway.”
You can read the rest of his article here: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/5612.html
You can also read his research report that was published by the Center for Evaluation and Educational Policy Brief, Homeschooling In Indiana: A Closer Look Robert Kunzman VOLUME 3 , NUMBER 7 , SUMMER 2005 http://ceep.indiana.edu/projects/PDF/PB_V3N7_Summer_2005_Homeschooling.pdf
To read some perspectives toward part time participation by home educators, here are a few articles that discuss the issue:
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/law/
Short-term homeschooling http://www.homeedmag.com/newscomm/?p=885
The Economy, Public Schools, and Homeschooling http://homeedmag.com/HEM/242/takingcharge.html
So What About that Free Lunch: How Can We Trust the State by Peggy Daly-Masternak http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/HEM161.99/161.99_art_frlnch.html
Also, here are some commentaries on homeschooling research:
Does Homeschooling Research Help Homeschooling? http://www.homeedmag.com/INF/FREE/free_rsrch.html
and from A-Z Homeschooling http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/research.htm