Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Virtual schooling leads to residency dispute
   Alternatives for parents

Pennsylvania allows students to enroll in the state’s virtual school rather than at a physical school. Since such students are still enrolled in the public school system, the local district is responsible for the tuition.

Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa) enrolled his five children in the cyber school. Though he owns property in the Pennsylvania district, he actually lives in Virginia. So the taxpayers in Pennsylvania paid more than $100,000 to educate Santorum’s children via computer from their home in Virginia.

After the dispute, Santorum resumed home schooling his children.

I imagine that like many parents, he was eager to find an alternative.  I wish the folks in the legislature who are eager to put controls over the homeschoolers would instead put their energy into figuring out better ways to serve this part of the population. Offering them high quality educational support delivered to their homes where they can monitor it seems a direction worth pursuing.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/11 at 05:22 AM
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