I just received the following email from 'publicschooloptions.org' - I have no idea who they are or how they got my email address, but I am nevertheless glad I got this alarming email.
But what does it mean?.......
Update on School Choice in California Dear Parents, Last week the California Assembly passed AB 1950, a bill that would make it illegal for non-profit public charter schools to contract with private providers for assistance with management services in the state of California. This bill would affect thousands of students throughout California. Charter schools are public schools. The teachers are all California-credentialed and highly qualified under federal law. Your students participate in all the state assessment and accountability systems in the same manner as other schools, and furthermore are required to contract for annual financial audits in the same manner as all other schools. In the coming days we may ask you to call your state Senator and ask him/her to vote against AB 1950. NCPSO urges each of you to take a few minutes of your time to participate in any requests we may have - including voicing your opposition to AB 1950. Thank you for your involvement in your child's education. National Coalition for Public School Options
Does this mean that CAVA isn't going to be able to provide StudyIsland or PowerSpeak to our students?
For example, Powerspeak 'manages' their own service and provides the content to schools as part of a contract.
Does this mean that CAVA can't contract w/k12.com???
What does this mean? How is this going to affect my daughter's first year in high school next year?
Should I be alarmed?
Please provide whatever comments you can, and distillation of these vague concepts as any of you fellow parents or vendors (I know we've got someone from PowerSpeak here that's a member of this site) might be able.
Shedding some light on this issue will go a long way toward either alleviating parent anxiety, or otherwise.
I mean, this *could be read as: You cannot homeschool your kids, and hire a Nanny/teacher to come into your house to provide (manage) your child's curriculum.
Well I just received this in my inbox from the California chapter of the National Coalition for Public School Options:
California Families, You did it! AB 1950 has been taken off the calendar and is no longer a threat to public virtual education in California. Thanks to all your efforts including contacting your legislators and speaking out on behalf of your child's educational choice - your legislators heard your voices and have decided against passing AB 1950. Thank you for helping to protect educational choice in California. We'll continue to keep you updated on educational issues in California.
There's absolutely nothing at all on their website about this. Perhaps it's so new they decided to release the news via email before they were able to post an article on their website, but regardless (and even though I never really understood the ramifications it encompassed), the bill has now been relegated to the footnotes of obscurity.
I imagine it will appear on their website at some point (Actually, there is zero content in the California section of the site), and will leave the URL here for those who wish to follow along:
Well I hope that helps!
Wow, that sounds very alarming. I don't know anything about CA law, but if this hasn't passed the Senate yet there's still hope. It might be the right time to rally the CA homeschoolers to get them to contact their reps and make sure their opinions get heard! Additionally, it might be wise to get your hands on a copy of AB 1950 yourself to read it and understand what they're talking about. I would be surprised if a law like that restrictive was passed then wouldn't have been a lot more hoopla in the media.
Good luck and please keep us posted! Maybe it would be helpful to send other CA homeschoolers here to respond and get some energy generated in a discussion.
Good luck and keep us posted! This does sound like a big deal and not a positive one for homeschooling freedoms.
Although there is very little traffic due to the awful way in which our parent forums are set up at CAVA, I have invited those who might stumble upon my post there to participate here.
I really like the fact that homeschoolhelpdesk exists, and believe it can be of great benefit to parents if they know it exists.
I just received this e-mail from Terri McQuarrie:
I received an email from them and posted the breaking news on the CAVA Facebook page. AB1950 was taken off the calendar. "Legislators have decided against passing AB 1950"
I just posted on the k12 yahoo group. I signed up with that because of my issues with thebigthink. You can sign up and it is much easier to get info, get answers to questions, and link up with other k12 parents. Here is the link: K12Parent2Parentfirstname.lastname@example.org
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