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Monday, November 21, 2005

A Blog Entry About Virtual Schooling

I was alerted to this entry by NCSW@yahoogroups.com, while the blog itself is about "Texas education contains posts on accountability, testing, dropouts, bilingual education, school finance, race, class, and gender issues with additional focus at the national level," this one entry focused upon virtual schooling in the Houston, Texas area.

But anyway, back in May of this year the author of Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas posted an entry about virtual schooling that I'd like to draw your attention to:

Houston ISD Mixes Business, Education

This is really interesting. The Houston Idependent School District IS a business now, selling a whole range of things. See their Doing Business with HISD Website for more specific information.

The Houston Independent School District is even more of a business now, selling a whole range of things, even "virtual" schooling (also termed "virtual vouchers" by opponents) delivered over the Internet for home-schoolers. I wonder what the district's position is on the virtual voucher bill making its way through the legislature right now. H.B. 1445, the virtual schools bill is being heard in the House this PM (Wednesday). If it passes, more than 300,000 home-school and private school students will become eligible for taxpayer dollars in order to fund approved virtual school course offered via CD or DVD, that is, on-line via the Internet.
Any thoughts?

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,
Have you found any thing new on the that Voucher bill? I found one website that said tomorrow which would have been May 11, this past spring.
http://www.taspa.org/news/5-10-05Oppose_School_Vouchers.html
Although I didn't find anything to confirm it, I had thought the bill was defeated.
Annette

6:54 AM  
Blogger MKB said...

Annette,

I haven't looked to be honest with you.

MKB

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,

Not sure if this is the latest.
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http://www.thsc.org/UPDATE/may18_Legislative_hb530_hb826_hb1445_not_meet_deadline.asp
Home school friendly bills, HB 530, HB 826 , HB 1445 , and HB 386 did not receive scheduled votes on the House floor, so the authors of those measures must now seek germane bills from the Senate to which the language of those bills can be attached in order for the measures to have the opportunity to become law. We will continue to watch these and any other issues that might impact home schooling and will let Texas home schoolers know of any action that should be taken.

Annette

4:29 PM  

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