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Posted on 09/16/2002 8:43:45 AM PDT by toenail
Liberating your children from government schools
Resources for parents investigating their options
Updated Sept. 10, 2002
Some parents are ready to take the big step to liberate their children from government school and enroll them in private or homeschool. They just need to find out how and where to do so.
Many others are considering the idea but are concerned about the cost of private schooling or the difficulty of homeschooling. For some, neither of those solutions seems practical for them.
On this page, we have pulled together information not only on private and homeschooling, but also on a number of "creative" alternatives that might overcome difficulties facing many families.
The following organizations offer information or services that might be helpful to you. Since there are hundreds of sites, we have tried to select those that are useful to the broadest audiences.
Please be aware (beware?): The Alliance for the Separation of School & State takes no position on the merits of various forms of schooling.
Our central position is that parents have the right, and many would say duty, to put their children in an educational environment that supports what the children are learning at home. In other words, we urge parents to pick a school where the teachers and administrators already agree with you and hence will not be undermining your values and the virtues you are trying to impart to your children.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Jon's Homeschool Resource Page
Homeschooling resources for parents with limited time
The following are given only as examples of some of the hundreds of possible options available that help parents who have limited time to work with their children.
Chalk Dust math courses
One of the most up-to-date listings of private schools in your area is in the Yellow Pages.
There are also several on-line search engines:
National Center for Education Statistics (US Dept of Education)
Peterson's Private Secondary Schools
Association of Christian Schools International
Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF)
Home School Foundation
Alternatives to private or homeschooling
Community Schools associated with Growing Families International
University model schools
Check with local homeschool groups for variations on the Community School/University Model idea. Many homeschoolers participate in group classes, sometimes for one or two classes, and sometimes for almost half of a child's education. These might be called extension classes, independent study classes, or something else. Options vary dramatically from area to area and are not usually widely advertised.
The following schools are listed as examples of the range of options available rather than as a comprehensive list or as recommendations.
The Potter's School
Clonlara "Compuhigh Online High School"
Classical Free Virtual Academy
Escondido Tutorial Services
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I live in Downers Grove, Il and our local High School teachers (NEA types) just went on strike today. Here is what the Board of Education is offering them. I wish I had been offered this kind of money when I was working and my contract expired.
September 12, 2002
To the District 99 Community:
We want to take this opportunity to briefly describe the status of negotiations between the Teachers Union and the District 99 Board of Education. On Tuesday, September 10, negotiations resumed under the direction of the federal mediator, who sets the dates and times for meetings. Talks began at 6pm but broke off around 12:30am Wednesday morning. The Union presented a four-year package which reflected a 24% increase in total compensation, including a 320% increase in Board paid insurance. The total cost of the Union proposal was $133,500,000, or $5.5 million beyond the Boards previous proposal.
The Boards response was a proposal with a total cost of $128,000,000. It included salary increases totaling 19% over four years. Each teacher would receive a salary increase of $3,300 in the first year, $3,300 in the second, $3,400 in the third, and $5,000 in the fourth year. A beginning teacher would receive a 36% net increase after insurance payments. The starting salary would jump from $34,928 to $46,300 in the fourth year. An experienced teacher at the top of the schedule would receive a 14% net increase after insurance. The salary would jump from $91,344 to $106,344 in the fourth year.
The Board proposal over four years also included:
The Union was asked to respond with a counter-proposal of what it would take to avoid a strike if the Board proposal was not acceptable. The Board was willing to hold a special Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 12, to consider the requested counterproposal. Then the Board and Union teams would meet with the federal mediator on Friday, September 13, which was the mediators earliest available date. The Union refused to respond to the Boards proposal or to offer a counterproposal, and then walked out of the mediators office. The mediator has not set another negotiating date.
The Board of Education does not want a strike. The Board knows the important role teachers play in the lives of students and wants to provide teachers with a fair compensation package. But the Board also recognizes its critical responsibility to the long-term welfare of the District. All parties need to resolve the current situation, and BOTH the Board and Union must take responsibility for the future financial viability of the school district. The Board will meet at any time when called by the federal mediator.
Julia Kennedy Beckman
President, Board of Education