It’s time to flood the hallways and rooms of the capital once again, fellow home educators! House Bill 603 would make Montana a charter school state. What does this have to do with homeschooling? I personally know many families who are homeschooling at great sacrifice because they object to the public schools. A charter school gives more options for parents.
The bill also gives provision to virtual academies something that DOES directly impact homeschoolers. (And yes, I know how HSLDA feels about online schools through the public schools but remember, this is all about choice. For some families, this offers a workable solution for homeschooling their children.)
Mark your calendars and please plan to come:
Wednesday, March 16 at 3 P.M. in Room 137
Many folks have no idea what is a charter school. I didn’t either before I had the joy of sending my kids to one in Arizona for a short time. A charter school is a public school supported by tax dollars but they have more autonomy and are guided by their charter.
If you Google Arizona charter schools, you will see the variety this brings to the table. My children attended American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood, AZ and I can’t say enough good about our experience. You’ll think you’re looking at a private school but rest assure…there was no tuition charged!
The other provision in this bill provides for online options. Here’s a great example and again…another OPTION!
Folks, we need to flood the hallways. It’s high time the monopoly of public schools felt a little competition. Montana is one of the few states remaining that don’t allow for charter schools. And here’s a hint…the NEA isn’t fond of charter schools. That alone should tell you this is a great bill.
Please…spread the word. Pick up the phone. Plan on a trip to Helena next week. We’ve had dramatic turn outs before and we need to do this again.
I’ll be there early passing out stickers so we can show our solidarity! Be sure and say “hi!” I’d love to meet my fellow homeschoolers!
In the meanwhile, if I can answer any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.