From Mat-Su education reporter Melodie Wright:
What do you think?
The state Education and Early Development Department's proposal to regulate correspondence study programs run by local school districts has generated heated discussion among home schooling parents and school district officials. They say these in district programs are already regulated by their local school boards. They say that, as long as their children are proficient at standardized tests, why bother them with more bureaucracy?
The state says its mandate is to regulate programs that use public money.
Is this proposal an erosion of local control on education or a fair attempt at leveling the playing field with statewide programs, which are already regulated?
Look for the full story online and in tomorrow's Mat-Su edition.