Times are changing. Now, public schools are marketing to private school families. North Carolina school districts are offering online courses to homeschoolers. The homeschoolers must take at least two courses a semester, giving the school district full state and local funding per student (reportedly around $7,500 each).
From Charlotte’s NPR station WFAE:
This sounds like a fairly typical thing for a CEO to say:
“The more that we feel like we can provide choice the more market share we retain.”
But that’s Dawn Creason, a spokeswoman for Iredell-Statesville Schools. When you look at the education landscape there, you can understand the reason for that language. Iredell County has four charter schools. A big one just opened there this year. The district estimates another 1,900 kids in the county are home-schooled.
“Of course, market share means funding for us and funding means teachers. It means personnel. It means resources for kids. It means technology. It means buildings,” says Creason.
More from WFAE‘s Lisa Miller:
Until this year, home school students couldn’t take classes offered through their local public schools. But that changed after state lawmakers agreed to re-define what the law considers a home school.
Information on North Carolina’s new law is here on Home Education Magazine News & Commentary – North Carolina – Legislation Leads Homeschoolers to Capitol