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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Wooing Homschoolers to PS Reply with quote

Hernando County schools hope to lure back homeschoolers
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/article764067.ece

Good luck with that. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the day that I'm having...whew! I'd be tempted. But, then I'd come to my senses. No thanks! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you know... the homeschoolers out here asked for something where
we could do part time things.
They told us no.

Their loss.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like they'd do the right things anyway...not just to "woo" homeschoolers back. It's all about the money. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure seems to come down to that.. money.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't' think that this is true of all school systems but it is very sad that this is the motivation for this one. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Sometimes a good options, other times not. Reply with quote

For some programs, it really is about the dollar. Sometimes it is a program that is owned by a big corporation. Other times it is the school district trying to get money back into the program.

As for people using the programs, they need to do what is right for them. Some programs are better than others, so do shop around. Many will let homeschoolers use bits and pieces of a program. For example, I can let my daughter take a pre-vet tech 1/2 day program through the local school district; they get some funding, she gets a pretty good education in an area of my own ignorance... it's a win-win. In this case.

I have had countless conversations with districts, due to my line of work, and many of them are looking for the quickest and cheapest way to "just add water" create a program for online and/or "homeschool" students. I have repeatedly pointed out that the same kids who are not going to be successful in the regular program are not going to do well in that canned program they are slapping together. Some kids who would do well in the regular program might switch to get away from the negative social aspects, but that's about it.

As for the homeschool programs, it really varies from place to place, and the value of the program can be impacted on how strong the parents are. Also, there is a group who are "accidental homeschoolers" where it really wasn't on their "to do list" to become homeschoolers, but for one reason or another, here they are. Sometimes a public school group can help; I recently visited one that was started by, and is still ran by, a homeschooling dad. It is very student-centered and is a program that offers resources, classes or workshops, a place for parents to meet, a resource room with supplies... and he keeps the program really small to maintain that certain quality.

I have also seen many programs that cause me to clench my jaw in frustration... they just... don't...get...it!

I think the whole system will change. At least, that is what I keep telling myself. Hoping!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe if they make the same effort to use the money they have more wisely they would not have the time or have a need to try to get more students.

Just a thought....
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Government entities score themselves according to the size of their budgets. The bigger the budget, the bigger the staff and the more power they weild. In this case, there's just a financial incentive to gain more students, so obviously the schools are going to get as creative as necessary to achieve this goal.

Personally, I think there should be diminishing returns for additional students beyond a certain number per school. Smaller schools produce better results (test scores inversely relate to class size and by extension school size), therefore the financial incentive should be to split large schools into smaller ones.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theodore wrote:
Personally, I think there should be diminishing returns for additional students beyond a certain number per school. Smaller schools produce better results (test scores inversely relate to class size and by extension school size), therefore the financial incentive should be to split large schools into smaller ones.

Amen to that!

Smaller schools might mean less class choices in the high school level, but it also would also mean that the schools are closer to the neighborhoods they serve. Actually, I think all grades in one building might even work better. Then if they would actually bus entire neighborhoods with children of all grades on one bus (instead one bus per school, which is also three or more buses per neighborhood) they would save a great deal of funds! But, being cost effective and efficient would not be typical of big government, so we need to downside the government first, it seems.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4given wrote:
With the day that I'm having...whew! I'd be tempted. But, then I'd come to my senses. No thanks! Laughing


Ive been there also lol, but thats just my nephews and niece hehe, but it gets better as they get older.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. I've never heard of anything like that!
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