Rose Fernandez is the past president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. She is now running for the job of WI’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Experienced Educator, Newcomer Battle for Wis. Post Education Week Published Online: March 30, 2009 By The Associated Press
Fernandez never worked in a school. She spent her career as a pediatric nurse, but got involved in education policy when she worked as president of a coalition serving families whose children attended school over the Internet.
This particular statement got my attention: “A well-known supporter of charter schools, Fernandez has promised to be the “best friend” of home schoolers”.
That’s a good political sound bite, since office seekers have figured out that most homeschoolers vote. Important point though, charter schools are public schools. Homeschools are not. That point was even made in the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families newsletter:
Full-time online public charter schools must meet the same federal and state fiscal and accountability requirements as other public schools, including No Child Left Behind requirements.Online schools are not “homeschooling.” They are public schools.
Pssstt..the newsletter says that you can contact Rose Fernandez for further information
The Wisconsin Parent’s Association has a few thoughts on their website about this coming election. I posted the outline of their article below, but suggest reading the details in the 2 page document. It’s informative, grassroots homeschool advocacy.
Election of State Superintendent– WPA
(Posted March 9, 2009)
General Background Information on the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Relationship of the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to Homeschooling Should Homeschooling Be An Issue In This Campaign? What we can do to minimize the extent to which homeschooling becomes an issue in this campaign Need to Be Vigilant After the Election
The election is April 7th.
This point below was made in the WPA article too. From EdWeek:
The position is nonpartisan and largely administrative. While both candidates talk about broad reforms they’d like to make, most of the significant changes require legislative approval that is beyond the control of the DPI secretary.
However, they can help shape education policy by using the position as a bully pulpit to advance their agenda, working internally in their role administering state and federal aid and offering guidance to teachers and administrators, and by lobbying both the governor and Legislature.
Posted by Susan Ryan