Home-school parents balk at state plan, 13 May 2008, Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska
The state … wants to bring uniformity to a disparate field, according to education officials. State finance director Eddy Jeans said the changes, which are detailed in 14 pages of amendments to Article 4 of the state Administrative Code, are intended to make “everybody play by the same rules.”
The proposed changes to Article 4, which come before the state School Board for consideration May 28, “are about accountability and equity,” Education Commissioner Barbara Thompson told school administrators from across the state May 2 in Anchorage.
Students in correspondence or home-school programs receive an allotment of between $200 and $2,000, depending on the district in which they reside. They may spend up to $807 of that allotment on arts, music and physical education. That sum represents 15 percent of the base student allocation, the formula on which the state bases its school funding.
The amendment would allow districts to increase that cap to 25 percent, or $1,370. Even so, the fact that the state imposes any cap at all rankles home-school proponents.
The change will not effect parents who homeschool their children. The change will effect families enrolled in publicly funded programs.