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Iowa Virtual school offers choices in home study

A small group of parents gathered at the Holiday Inn in West Des Moines on Saturday morning to learn how a northwestern Iowa public school district and a national Internet virtual school program could give children choices in education.

It seemed almost too good to be true: a home-school program backed by a public school district that would supply a computer, a monitor and a printer, plus supplies ranging from textbooks to finger paint at no cost to parents.

The Iowa Virtual School Program, a cooperative effort between the Pocahontas Area district and the K12 Inc. computer schooling group based in Virginia, also provides a teacher adviser to give students and parents input on the studies. Read more…

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