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4/28/2011 3:30:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wisconsin--Surrender Your Freedom, Get Free Stuff, With Public School at Home

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Wisconsin--Surrender Your Freedom, Get Free
Stuff, With Public School at Home Program

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The New Richmond public school system is getting ready to offer free
stuff to homeschoolers--to parents who surrender their freedom.

Many New Richmond-area homeschoolers received a letter asking for
their input about the school system starting an online academy. Here
are three important facts you should consider.

1. The letter implies that your child can be homeschooled and be a
full-time student in the public school's online program all at the
same time. This is misleading. When children sign up for a full-time
public school at home program, they truly become public school
students. These children are no longer legally in a "home-based
private instruction program," as homeschooling is known in Wisconsin.

2. The letter fails to mention that you would be required to use the
public school program's books and curriculum. Just as with a child
attending a brick-and-mortar public school, you would have no right to
substitute books that would be better for your child. (Of course, you
could "supplement" with additional books--if you have the time and
energy after all the public school work is finished.)

3. The letter doesn't tell you that the books and curriculum they
provide are thoroughly secular. They cannot legally offer you any
book, CD, individual teacher coaching, online program, etc., that
teaches the truth about God.

One of the strengths of homeschooling is that parents are free to
choose the curriculum that best meets their child's individual
learning style, aptitude and interests. But since public school
online programs only offer one curriculum for all children, it will be
the wrong program for many children.

But even if the curriculum produces good academic results for some
children, an education that does not place God at the ultimate center
of every subject does not support the developing faith of a child.

If the New Richmond program follows the example of similar programs,
it will offer free access to state-certified teachers, books,
educational CDs, online programs--even a computer and internet
connection.

Do not be surprised if the public school at home program hires one of
your friends as a recruiter. Think through how you will respond if
someone you know and respect urges you to join. Consider how much
your freedom means to you, and the real cost of the free stuff they
are offering you.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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