An August 9th Nevada article, “Nevada students click into virtual school” came up in my google search for “homeschool” this morning. As I read the article, I was surprised to read the following quote by the spokeswoman. She said:
The biggest misperception of the Connections Academy program is that it’s akin to homeschooling, one Connections Academy spokeswoman said.
“This is the opposite of homeschooling,” said Carrie Jean Ross, state development manager and mother of two enrolled in Connections Academy. “It’s a public school program outside the classroom.
“Homeschooling is directed by the parents. There’s no accountability to the state. We don’t look at this as homeschooling, but as a public school outside the school.”
I appreciate this type of clarity. For the record, I’m happy that these schools offer a family the opportunity to educate their child via public school at home. I’ve never been against the opportunity to use the schools, but I have opposed corporate and public school virtuals promoting their programs as homeschooling, but a bit better.
When schools clarify that these virtual-schools are public school programs, it helps individuals understand the rights and responsibilities that accompany their choice. That is precisely what homeschool activists have requested all along and I’d like to thank Ms. Ross for helping NV parents understand this new Nevada choice.
posted by Mary Nix