Washington’s KEPR posted an article and video with the focus on retaining school district money. KEPR covers the Tri-City area of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco.
The reporter said: “Kennewick and Richland have homeschooling programs that keep money coming into the district and that is Homelink and the Mid-Columbia Partnership.” Homelink and Mid-Columbia Partnership are both public school at home programs.
Homeschooling takes off in Pasco by Abby Acone
TRI-CITIES – Taking your child’s education to the home. KEPR learned more parents in Pasco are choosing to homeschool their children. It’s a choice with two sides — individualized education for a child and the possibility of pulled funding for our districts.
Perspective is everything, as one could say homeschoolers save taxpayers money. That is not KEPR‘s perspective:
Local districts offer alternative schooling for families that don’t want to homeschool fully. These include Three Rivers HomeLink and the Mid-Columbia Partnership. Carrie DeForest leads MCP based in Kennewick.
“If their child is stuck on a concept or is not quite mastered a skill, then that”s why we meet with a certified teacher to help give ideas,” said MCP Principal Carrie DeForest.
She says the program allows students to individualize their education with those certified teachers — offering even more options. Because of this — money still comes into the districts to support a child’s education.
For sure, certified teachers cost money. Traditional homeschoolers pay for their own resources. Homeschoolers seem to have great educational success, even though they might not keep that money rolling into school districts. Seems like KEPR forgot a school district’s purpose.