California homeschooling programs
I understand that homeschooling and home education are both misnomers to a degree. My own kids got as much ‘schooling‘ outside the house as they did at home. I understand that California has no definition in law of either homeschooling or home education — R4 schools are private schools. I also understand that for some families the programs are valuable. Still, reading about a “home education program” where the children are given mandatory tests to monitor student progress resonates with me like long fingernails on a chalkboard.
Escondido home education program rebounds, 7 September 2007, North County Times, Escondido, California
For the first time in nearly five years, Amanda Wilcox said she is not anxiously counting the heads of students who walk through her classroom door, wondering if she has enough students to keep the class going.
That’s because Wilcox, the supervising teacher for Escondido Union School District’s Home Education Program, already has 35 students in class —- one shy of capacity —- just two weeks into the school year.
The majority of the district’s funding is based on the average daily attendance of students at each school site and the number of hours a child studies per day in the home education program. It receives about $5,300 per student from the state.
The program, which provides parents with the opportunity to teach their kids the same grade-level material they would receive in the classroom from their living room at home, is one of few public home school programs in the area.
Parents receive a written schedule of lesson plans for each day, and then meet with one of the program’s two teachers —- Wilcox and Judy Ronyon —- once a week to review the subjects and monitor student progress. Students also come in to the home school center several times a month for testing, science, math, reading workshops, field trips and a number of extracurricular activities and lessons.
On Friday, a number of the program’s students and parents gathered in the classroom at the Carilyn Gilbert Education Center so students could take a mandatory writing test to assess their skills.
Public home school program. Lesson plans for each day. Mandatory writing test.
posted by Valerie