The Statesville Record & Landmark reports – I-SS hopes to draw home-school students to district’s first virtual high school by Preston Spencer. Interesting win-win argument from the Board of Education member.
The idea received unanimous backing from school board members for a trial run next year. Blattner said recent meetings with home-school parents explaining the concept were positive. Some parents expressed concern that I-SS was trying to put home-schooling out of business, but the district said that is not the case.
“Home-school parents are already paying taxes, so they’re taking advantage of something they’re already paying for, so it’s a win-win,” said BOE member Bryan Shoemaker.
The CATS virtual public school will be open to students who also take regular classes, but its main draw will be those who do not use I-SS’ services already. There are 1,400 K-12 students in the district who do not use the public school system.
So the win is families would be using their hard-earned tax monies if they’re in the school system, but they would lose their educational freedoms if they enrolled in the district virtual high school.
The rest of the article covers school funding needs and wants and marketing the school system’s business model. More bodies = More money.