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Government butts into homeschool

The Florida Department of Education recently awarded $4.8 million in contracts to “K12 Inc. and Connections Academy, two private companies that are supposed to provide home-based, computer-aided public education for as many as 1,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade,” according to the Aug. 2 St. Petersburg Times.

This taxpayer-funded government program allows participating families to receive “computers, software, subsidized Internet access and complete curriculum packages aligned with the state’s educational standards.”

“Faced with a statewide epidemic of crowded classrooms, legislators earlier this year approved launching the K-8 virtual school in a pilot form at a taxpayer cost of $4,800 per student. That’s $724 less than the state’s average per-pupil expenditure, but $1,300 more than students get for private school vouchers,” the Times reported.

On the surface, this may appear as a good thing, but as with all government expansion, one must be careful in setting a precedent and opening doors for intrusion on personal freedom. Read more…

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