Times are changing. Now, public schools are marketing to private school families. North Carolina school districts are offering online courses to homeschoolers. The homeschoolers must take at least two courses a semester, giving the school district full state and local funding per student (reportedly around $7,500 each).
From Charlotte’s NPR station WFAE:
This sounds like a fairly typical thing for a CEO to say:
“The more that we feel like we can provide choice the more market share we retain.”
But that’s Dawn Creason, a spokeswoman for Iredell-Statesville Schools. When you look at the education landscape there, you can understand the reason for that language. Iredell County has four charter schools. A big one just opened there this year. The district estimates another 1,900 kids in the county are home-schooled.
“Of course, market share means funding for us and funding means teachers. It means personnel. It means resources for kids. It means technology. It means buildings,” says Creason.