Homeschool parents voice concern over policy, 2 April 2008, Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune, Keyser, West Virginia
Hackworth said the reason why this policy is being pursued is because he recently became aware that by state law, all homeschooled students can only attend 50 percent of classroom instruction to still be considered registered homeschooled students.
“œIt was just brought to my attention this past year,” said Hackworth. “œIn the absence of a policy, the superintendent interprets existing laws and policies and goes by the state laws and policies and any county policies we have.”
Mineral BOE releases home school ordinance, 4 April 2008, Cumberland Times News, Cumberland, Maryland
Complying with a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, Mineral County Superintendent of Schools Skip Hackworth released a copy of the proposed home school ordinance to the Cumberland Times-News on Thursday.
The policy being considered by the board members does stipulate that “enrollment in courses in Mineral County schools shall not exceed 50 percent of the instructional day,” and that home-schooled students who choose to enroll in more than 50 percent of the instructional day “will be considered full-time Mineral County Schools students.”
It also sets up regulations for testing procedures, plans of instruction and other issues dealing with the home-based education of the children.
Home schoolers blast Mineral superintendent on state law comment, 8 April 2008, Cumberland Times News, Cumberland, Maryland
KEYSER Two spokespersons for home schoolers in Mineral County have challenged Superintendent Skip Hackworth to find the section in the state code that limits the number of public classes that home-schooled students may take to 50 percent or less of their school day.
You have led us to believe that this is state law, parent Bretta Spencer told him Monday, noting that she and other home schoolers have contacted the State Board of Education, the West Virginia Home School Association and their attorneys.
“They have all told us there is no such state law,” she said.