The followingÂ article concerns which North Dakota school district will be the one to superviseÂ the educations of children whose parents plan to homeschool theirÂ not-yet-school-aged children.Â ButÂ various references in the article are telling in how the school system views the children, who, as mentioned, are not yet old enough for the schools to supervise their educations.
- Daily News, Wahpeton, North Dakota, 26 July 2006, Patrons ask for attorney general opinionÂ Â Â Â The family expressed its intent to home school when the children reach school age. The North Dakota Century Code said parents cannot shop around for school districts in the case of home schooling. Their residence dictates which school district will supervise the childrenâ€™s education.Â Â Â …..
Rick Jacobson, superintendent at Wyndmere, said if Wyndmere receives the familyâ€™s tax dollars then Wyndmere will supervise those childrenâ€™s education whether through the school system as students attending Wyndmere or in a supervisory capacity if they are home schooled.
So, in North Dakota, the school system gets funding for homeschooled kids?Â I’m not kvetching, just wondering aloud.
- â€œWe wouldnâ€™t be here if we didnâ€™t hear of (this familyâ€™s) intent to home school,â€ Boschee said.Boschee sent two letters to Dave Paulson, chairman-elect of the reorganization committee, and to Bailey before the meeting resumed Monday. Boschee asked two questions in his letter to the school’s legal counsel:
What was the basis for the real property division?
What to do with home educated students considered in this process?
The children are considered real property?Â (now, I’m kvetching)
- Bailey said the real property was figured by the students living in the school district and divided in equal proportion to the school districts they will attend. The number of students was figured by the schoolâ€™s census count. In this equation there are 53 students living in the Mantador School District who are between the age of 0-17.
To reiterate:Â 53 students.Â Between the ‘age’ of 0 – 17.
Children of any ageÂ = students = real property?
- School officials aren’t questioning the parent’s right to home school, however the cost in supervising the children is an issue. Hankinson officials said a letter between the two districts isn’t enough, they want assurance they won’t be responsibleÂ in the future, and want this assurance from the attorney general. [emphasis added]
Do not try this at home?
If I’m reading this article correctly, this seriously puts me in mind of making a “People’s Republic” comparison.