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Bonner County Daily Bee (ID)

by Lucy Dukes

April 21, 2005

The Boundary County School Board was unable to make decisions Wednesday on closing down schools or requiring students to pay to participate in extracurricular activities.

However, they did adopt a four-day school week and eliminated more than $100,000 more in various programs and materials. The board also struggled with whether to close down its three rural elementary schools, which could save at least $80,000 in utilities. They were warned that such a decision could have hidden costs -- such as higher class sizes and reduced attendance levels if parents decided to homeschool.

Online Opinion (Australia)

by Julie Novak

April 21, 2005

Julie Novak argues the case for home-schooling. What do American Presidents George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell, Margaret Mead, and writer Agatha Christie have in common?

These famous luminaries in their respective fields of endeavour were the beneficiaries of home-schooling through their childhood years. The concept of home-schooling seems to evoke a range of negative stereotypes, including a negative picture of parents with either extremist religious beliefs, or with no real commitment to their children's education, who lock their offspring away and place them at educational, social and perhaps even physical risk.

by Kevin E. Schmiesing, PH.D.

April 21, 2005

Last month, Catholics in the Detroit area were shocked by the news that 8 of the region's Catholic high schools were slated to close.

The announcement adds to a growing trend: 136 Catholic schools across the country were shuttered in 2004. In part, these closings are simply reflective of the ebb and flow of demographics. Meanwhile, new suburban schools are being built, and many have waiting lists.

Houston Chronicle (TX)

by April Castro

April 22, 2005

Author says it's fair because their parents pay taxes. Rep. Brian McCall, who authored the bill, said the measure would give home-schooled students access to classes, such as a chemistry lab.

Home-schooled students would be able to participate in public school classes and sports of their choosing and the state would reimburse the district for the cost under a bill being considered in the House.

Technology Marketing Corp.

by David Sims

April 28, 2005

One of the nation's leading cyberschool providers will soon be implementing a new text-to-speech component in which text can be highlighted by the student and the computer will audibly read the text back to the student.

Homeschooling, the oldest form of schooling in American history, is a dynamic, mushrooming multimillion dollar industry in the United States today, currently serving approximately 2 million students. It relies on the Internet more than traditional schooling and, according to advocates, is more adaptable to the latest technology than cash-strapped and cautious school boards.

Renew America

by Steve Kellmeyer

April 28, 2005

For most Americans, homeschooling seems rather odd. Why bother with it?

We have had public and private schools with us all of our lives, as have our parents before us and their parents before them from time immemorial. Why not stick with what works? The thought would be touching, if it were historically accurate. It isn't. The concept of compulsory schools with mass attendance is a radically new idea to Western civilization, no older than industrialization. Indeed, industrialization arguably could not have taken place without the mass school, and therein lies a tale.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI)

by Jon Malavolti

April 29, 2005

They piled out of rehearsal and instantly began socializing. "It's a social thing as much as it is an educational thing," Holden said.

As routine as it seemed for the youngsters, this was a rare chance for them to interact with each other, because the students in Carrie Holden's symphony orchestra are homeschooled.

Parent Advocates

by The Heartland Institute

May 1, 2005

A new study by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) finds homeschooled students save Nevada taxpayers millions of dollars, refuting the notion that homeschooling costs school districts funding.

According to the report, "Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact," by John Wenders, Ph.D. and Andrea Clements, Ph.D., homeschooling saves the state's taxpayers between $24.3 million and $34.6 million a year. Private school students save taxpayers between $101.9 million and $147 million.

Heartland Institute - School Reform News

by Krista Kafer

May 1, 2005

"Children are not, by default, the property of any school, and public schools cannot 'lose' what they do not own." John T. Wenders, coauthor "Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact"

According to the report, "Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact," by John Wenders, Ph.D. and Andrea Clements, Ph.D., homeschooling saves the state's taxpayers between $24.3 million and $34.6 million a year. Private school students save taxpayers between $101.9 million and $147 million.

NBC30 (CT)

May 2, 2005

Charlie Marsh's home-schooling has included reading, writing and creationism. The New Hartford boy, will graduate May 21 in a small ceremony at his family's church.

Educated at home by his born-again Christian parents since he was 8, he was taught science from a creationist point of view and history from a Christian perspective.