Public schools are not about education. They are a public works project. And it has never been more apparent than it is in West Virginia. Officials there so much as admit that they are devising ways to get the ever growing homeschooling population back into their midst. Why? Because it makes them money. More students equal more dough. It’s pretty disgusting if you think about it.

Homeschool Legal Defense has the details of how public education is trying to lure homeschoolers back into government controlled, institutional schooling.

… The West Virginia Legislature authorized public schools to create virtual learning programs in 2017. Some counties are creating programs with an eye to “recapturing” lost revenue associated with homeschooled students who are leaving the public school system in large numbers.

One county staff member wrote that “We are contacting all middle and high school homeschool students to offer them our virtual program.” Another county superintendent wrote, “Our primary goal in exploring this is to recapture a percentage of the ‘homeschool’ students that are currently draining our population and coffers.”

West Virginia has almost as many homeschooled students, over eleven thousand, as students enrolled in private school, just over twelve thousand. And this is why many folks homeschool, to avoid government overreach.

When it comes to West Virginia virtual public school programs, however, there are issues parents may want to consider before signing up.

First of all, homeschooled students enrolled even part-time in the virtual programs would be subject to public school oversight.

At least one county policy declares that students enrolled in a virtual program would be considered fully enrolled public school students for funding and compulsory attendance purposes. Another county policy would require that virtual students be subject to “mandatory weekly face-to-face meetings” for at least the initial nine weeks of the course. Virtual students also would be subject to truancy proceedings if they did not meet the standards set by the program.

… There are other reasons to be wary of public school virtual programs.

Some research has suggested that the academic achievement of students enrolled in public virtual programs is subparcompared to privately homeschooled students.

HSLDA has also heard from those who have left online public virtual schools that the lack of flexibility has been a significant problem and contributed to why they returned to a more private and parent-directed approach.

One thing is for certain. As long as money controls government education, there will never be reform.

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