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Sep212013

In Need Of Homeschooling Pointers? Try These Out


Homeschooling seems scary, but when you know what to do, it can be done. By educating them in your own home, they will learn what they need to know and be safe. This article has some good tips so you can start educating your children at home.

You do not have to rely solely on textbooks for reading materials. Don't dismiss the importance of other reading materials, such as comic books, fiction, or the local newspaper. Be certain your kids are up on the latest news. This can yield some very good discussions. In the process, they will develop analytic abilities that last them throughout their life.

You may be homeschooling your child to protect them from the social misfits in public school, but your child still requires social interaction with children their own age. Plan to get together with family and friends for playdates. Schedule a trip to the park so that children see new things and other kids to play with. Make sure they are participating in clubs, sports and the like.








One great thing about homeschooling is that it is possible to tailor the curriculum to your child's learning style. If your child needs to learn in a hands on way, you can make sure to incorporate a lot of that into your lesson plans. This will increase your child's educational attainment.

Be aware of the homeschooling laws that are imposed by your state. It's important to know what the requirements are in your state; every state has different laws, so don't count on information from friends who live elsewhere. Certain states require standardized testing, though others may not. In some states, you will have to register as your own private school.

Plan learning activities on family vacations. Plan your family vacations that include trips to historical landmarks, museums, zoos or even science centers. You can easily take a day of your trip and incorporate some sort of learning into it. Your whole family will enjoy the time spent together while discovering something new.

Learn the laws of your state that apply to homeschooling. Visit HSLDA.com to find out more. Being a member of a homeschooling organization can be helpful should you face a school district or CPS inquiry. This will provide you with assurance, but it does cost money.

Create a group of similar-thinking homeschooling families in your community. There are a wide variety of reasons that families homeschool their children. There is a good chance you can link up with people whose philosophies and goals mirror yours. There are many good reasons why getting involved with a homeschool group will be beneficial to you.

Hopefully, after reading this article you feel more confident about homeschooling your children. You will be doing your children a favor by homeschooling them and being the nicest teacher that they could have ever had. If you use what you have read here, then you can give your kids the gift of a quality education. Your kids are counting on you.
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Sep202013

Indictment Of Trombetta Began With Inside Sources








Cyber-charter schools: Are they making the grade?






"Trombetta directed Avanti to purchase a plane (which he uses far more than anyone else), to purchase his luxury vacation home in Florida (which he still uses), to purchase his former girlfriend's residence, and to purchase at least one vehicle for his personal use," the agents wrote. He also had an Avanti credit card, they wrote. "During the spring break season of 2012 Trombetta required Avanti to pay for air transportation for Trombetta's daughter and two friends to travel to the [Florida] condo for spring break," the agents wrote. He also used the the property to entertain personnel from Franciscan University of Steubenville, from which he was seeking a contract, they wrote. He used the plane in part to travel with friends to Steelers away games, according to the affidavit. He instructed Avanti to buy a home in Mingo Junction, Ohio, for "his then girlfriend, Kelli Dicarlo," the agents wrote.
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(PA Cyber reimburses families $100 a month for physical activity, which includes ballet classes, her parents said.) Emily, who is taking high-school level French, is president of the French Club, which holds virtual meetings. "Agora" means "gathering place." Building connections within the school community is a major key to student success, Williams said. The school holds regular events, including ice-skating parties, prom and a statewide spirit day. Achievement House students can join a variety of clubs, including Students Against Drunk Driving, golf, gaming and Student Council. Creating a community is challenging when students are scattered statewide, senior director of communications Lynn Rodden said. "We have to work a little harder here to engage them," she said.
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Sep182013

Tennis Star Andre Agassi Officially Opens New Charter School In Detroit











The school was made possible with the help from Canyon-Agassi Charter school Facilities Fund. / Jessica J.Trevino/Detroit Free Press Detroit Free Press Education Writer Filed Under More ADVERTISEMENT When tennis star Andre Agassi drove up to Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy this morning, he felt like hed done a good thing. Agassi attended the formal ribbon cutting for the new public school that he helped build on the grounds of Newberry Elementary, a school that closed in 2005. The school opened Sept. 3, has about 300 students in kindergarten through fifth-grades and uses an arts-infused curriculum. The children recited the school pledge and school cheer for Agassi and their parents at the ceremony in the schools multipurpose room and then listened quietly as Agassi talked about his hopes for excellence at the school.
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Sep152013

What We Think: Districts Need Greater Say In Charter Oversight









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For example, Orange haunted by the epic 2011 failure of Imani Elementary Charter Academy, whose pupils lacked acceptable books or computers set higher standards for schools to stay open than the state's. However, now the state has pre-empted those local standards by imposing a one-size-fits-all model contract. Or as Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette described it: "a charade." His ire has been sparked by Charter Schools USA. It's applied to open a school in Seminole, two in Osceola, and three in Orange, where it already operates two schools.
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Sep132013

Why Charter Schools Need Better Oversight











We cannot conduct even limited financial audits of the parent organization, according to a district spokesperson quoted in the report. And where is the state? Noted reporter Daniel Denvir in the Philadelphia CityPaper: The state Auditor General, which has seen its staff reduced by 24 percent in recent years, doesnt have the capacity to audit all the new charter schools that have opened in the past five years. Only three Philadelphia charter schools have been audited since 2008.
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Feds: PA Cyber Charter School founder Trombetta schemed to steal $1 million




A graphic is displayed at a news conference on the Nicholas Trombetta indictment Friday at FBI South Side headquarters. In the background: U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton (center), FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Douglas Perdue (left) and Special Agent in Charge Steven Anderson.

Trombetta, the grand jury said, used diverted funds to pay for houses, a Florida condominium and a $300,000 twin-engine plane as well as more mundane items such as groceries and restaurant tabs. The indictment alleges that the former wrestling coach and school superintendent formed businesses that billed for doing no work; masked his control of a corporation by naming straw owners; hid income from the IRS; took $550,000 in kickbacks on a laptop computer contract with Virginia-based NCS Technologies Inc.; and even "caused" employees to make $40,000 in individual payments to his favored political candidates before reimbursing them through one of his companies. Although no such charges have been filed, there is a federal statute that prohibits making campaign contributions in the name of another person, or what are referred to as "conduit political contributions." Also charged in the alleged tax conspiracy was Neal Prence, an accountant based in Koppel. Mr. Prence's attorney, Stan Levenson, said he is out of town and had not yet read the indictment.
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