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2/26/2003 4:11:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Virtual Charter School Changes State Form

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February 26, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last year, we informed Home School Legal Defense Association members
of the new virtual charter school that was established out of the
Appleton School District, called the Wisconsin Connections Academy
(WCA). We explained that the virtual charter school program creates
small public schools in the home. Each virtual charter school tests
the student on a secular program provided by the charter school.
There are also many controls placed on the homeschooler who
participates in this program. Furthermore, the homeschool student
becomes a public school student and is no longer considered a private
homeschooler.

Recently we received information from the Wisconsin Department of
Public Instruction (DPI) that the Wisconsin Connections Academy had
altered the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Full-Time
Public School Open Enrollment application form. The Department of
Public Instruction wanted homeschoolers to know that they had not
given permission to the WCA to alter the form. The WCA changed the
form by adding their contact information to the top of the Department
of Public Instruction's instruction sheet, and by filling in their
name in the box for the non-resident school district. The Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction wanted to make clear to
homeschoolers that they did not condone this alteration of their
form.

Wisconsin homeschoolers were also concerned that the DPI shared their
mailing list of all the registered homeschoolers with the WCA. The
DPI assured HSLDA that they did not and will not share their mailing
list with the WCA or any future virtual charter schools. The WCA
privately obtained their own list of homeschoolers.

For more details on WCA see:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/hslda/200202040.asp

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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