Despite the title, this commentary linked below is actually about finding “a new way” via a public virtual school. (I did find the Oregon article through a “home-school” news search.)
Tired of public schools? Do something about it West Linn Tidings Apr 23, 2009
By Margaret Groves
Believe me, this is not utopia. This is a tuition-free, online public charter school called Oregon Connections Academy. They are currently holding information sessions all over the state now that enrollment for the 2009/10 academic year is open.
The Oregon Connections Academy also knows the ‘value’ of using the term “free”.”
The federal government also likes to use the FREE term …freely. Great resources or not; governmental resources are funded with lots of moola.
Margaret Groves’ reference below also seems to be an unfortunate trend in Illinois and other states. I would appreciate administrative advice, if it’s said in a helpful, respectful manner. (It is possible, as when we pulled our kids out of the public school, the superintendent offered resources and apologies.)
How many have found the school board to be disinterested in your concerns and been told by district administrators that you should home school if you don’t like the way they do things?
I don’t think the administrative inclination to pushout kids has been sincere or helpful, since NCLB and standardized tests have become the be all and end all of public schools’ “educational success”.
From parent Margaret Groves’ commentary:
Isn’t this what our president would want us to do, to solve the problems of skyrocketing education costs? I have already enrolled my children for next academic year and we are excited.
It’s not often that parents are excited about public schools after trying to be their child’s advocate within the schools. I wish the Groves family well in their new adventure.