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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Petition To Change Florida Virtual Homeschool Laws

Before I get to the topic, I must say I was stunned last night when Adam was in the bottom two, on American Idol. I just could not believe it. There I got that off my chest, now on to other things.

Florida offers children a Virtual Homeschool option. Many parents choose this option, as it is free, and you do not have to worry about planning a curriculum. The child must be in at least fifth grade, though they are adding younger grades, for the next school year, and attend public school for at least one year. That last sentence is where the problem arises. Why should a parent, who wants to homeschool their child be required to enroll them in public school for one year, only to pull them out a year later. We can make all kinds of assumptions as to why that rule is there, but that is another topic. There is a petitition going around to amend this law. Governor Charlie Crist has signed the petition, as have I. I do not use the Virtual Homeschool option, but that does not mean I won't in the future. I also feel it is unfair, and a means to control homeschoolers, and should be removed. If you would like to show your support, and sign the petition you can go here. Thank you in advance for anyone who can support this issue.

Tomorrow is test day, so I have no lesson plans to post. Have a great day, everyone.


Chun Wong said...

That is a strange rule and is obviously there so that parents send their children to school and then don't want to disrupt their lives by taking them out of school. At least they allow home schooling, I suppose, in some countries it is illegal.

betchai said...

i was shocked too and felt sad when Adam was at the bottom two. Though I do no vote, maybe, I should next week :)

Melissa said...

Chun Wong I think it should be everyones right to homeschool their children. They should have to prove they are actually teaching them something too, however.

Betchai, I was literally stunned. I did not even know what to say.

Anne said...

Maybe they wants parents to have the experience of public schools before beginning home schooling? I am sure they had a reason for the rule, even if it makes no sense to the rest of us.

Melissa said...

Yes I am sure there is a reason, I just don't know what it is.

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