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April 16, 2008

Mineral school board puts off home-schooling policy decision

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Telling the board that she had consulted Dr. Karen Larry with the State Board of Education, Marsh said the state official had told her that "you can't be home-schooled and a full-time student at the same time."

"The guidance office said they had several students enrolled full time, but not following the required programs of study for a full time student," Marsh said.

Marsh presented the board with a list of questions that the KHS guidance counselors had presented to her.

The questions ranged from whether or not a home-schooled student enrolled in public school is to be required to take the same standardized tests that public students take, to how a home-schooled student can be held accountable for low math scores when he or she does not take math at the high school.

The counselors also questioned how they would determine grade level placement when a home-schooled student enrolls in school.

"Basically, in the past, we've been taking the position of the parent as to what grade they were in," KHS principal Charles Wimer said.

He added, however, that an older student with few credits could wind up in a ninth-grade class, while a younger student with a lot of credits could conceivably be placed as a senior.

The counselors also questioned how the programs of study are being monitored for home-school students, and whether home-school students wishing to enroll in school could conceivably be enrolled ahead of a full-time student, bumping him or her out of a class they need for their program of study.

Wimer questioned the fairness of home-schooled students picking their own courses and not being required to follow programs of study or requirements of graduation like the full-time students.

He also noted that the county's computer system "calculates all students the same and home-schooled students must therefore be manually removed form our reports when determining class rankings, valedictorian, salutatorian, Goldsworthy Scholars, honor societies and scholarships, to name a few."

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