This is one of those hot topics that circle around the homeschooling online communities: what impact does it have when charter schools use the term “homeschooling” to describe their program. And, what can we do about it?
In California, we don’t have the word “homeschooling” in any of our educational codes, so when charters use the term, the concern seems to be that they are giving the message to the people of California that charters are the only way to homeschool. I’m not entirely convinced this is true, but I’ll entertain the idea, and be open to the possibilities.
In the California media, when an article or PR comes out saying that a charter offers a “homeschooling” program, many letters are sent to the editor explaining that charters are public schools and are not the same as independent homeschooling, and shouldn’t be confused. So far, that seems to keep the lions at bay. And, since homeschooling is not in the actual ed code, we don’t have to be acutely concerned about the charter schools mowing over our rights to homeschool outside of the public school tentacles.
So, in your state, are there charter schools, and how have they affected independent homeschooling?