Copyright 2006 Julie Shepherd Knapp. All rights reserved.
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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to Public Charter Schools and Homeschooling
by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006
Parents who wish a "School -at-Home" education for their children have the choice to enroll their students in one of several online Public Charter Schools which provide free curriculum, and often a free computer, for students to use at home. This is often referred to as "Public School-at-Home" or (since most programs are computer-based) as "Public e-Schooling". Charter schools are established by state policy.
Children in a public charter school are, legally, public school students and are subject to all public school requirements and restrictions, including mandatory state and national standardized testing. Although they are learning at home, they are not "homeschoolers" in the eyes of the state.
Some homeschool support groups do not welcome public e-schoolers, others are more accepting of all the various educational choices. Some families combine homeschooling and public e-schooling -- choosing which option is best for each of their children, on a yearly basis.
Several School-at-Home suppliers also run online Public Charter Schools in various states. See the listings there for several options.