Galena IDEA came to my attention again because of a news article.
Home school program puts its curriculum on display, 29 April 2008, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Fairbanks, Alaska
The IDEA is a home school support program based in the Galena City School District. The program has 3,700 students statewide with 800 of those students from the Fairbanks area, IDEA Director Tim Cline said. …
She adds the ability to choose portions of the curriculum was a big positive point for homeschooling. …
The website says Galena IDEA is homeschooling:
IDEA was created by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. We are the most popular homeschool program in the state and have more homeschool experience, and more homeschool input (in both creation and implementation) than any other program!
But the requirements page says it’s public schooling.
Participate in state-mandated testing – IDEA students are required to take part in state mandated district assessments for grades 3-12, just like all other public school students.
And the school is held accountable for NCLB adequate yearly progress.
Because IDEA did not make Adequate Yearly Progress, we will be designated as Level 5 for the 2007-2008 school year. The administration and staff will be reviewing the School Improvement Plan to identify ways to strengthen instructional and support programs for our students.
Homeschooling families are not accountable for NCLB adequate yearly progress.
NCLB has provisions that contain important protections for private and home schools, including that nothing in the law shall be construed to: (a) affect any private school that does not receive funds or services under NCLB; (b) affect a home school; (c) permit, allow, encourage, or authorize any Federal control over any aspect of a private, religious, or home school; or (d) require any SEA or LEA to mandate, direct, or control the curriculum of a private or home school.
It always pays to find the fine print and then read it.