If your child has a non-driver I.D., learner’s permit, or driver’s license, and if it’s not the first DMV documentation s/he has had, you might want to double-check the Continue reading
Freedom of Information – NYC DOE Drags Feet (update for blog post dated 02/19/2013):
Eighty-four days after we filed our second Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request (and with impeccable precision timing for squelching any attempt to influence how the Round 2 high school application forms print out for homeschoolers), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) finally declared itself ready to provide the information requested. We’ve added the most recent four emails to the compilation that can be seen at this link (you can start reading them at “Day 71” if you’ve already seen the previous emails, but first do read the “Warning” near the top): F9027.pdf Updated. These newer emails are self-explanatory. But we’ll follow up with a blog post at some point, as this continues to play out.
Kindergarten Changes in NYS – Parts 1 and 2 (update for blog posts dated 02/24/2013 and 03/10/2013)
We’ve heard nothing from the NYC DOE about this, and we don’t have any solid information from Rochester yet, either.
Computer Data Privacy Issue: inBloom, Inc. (new issue)
We’ve started looking into a nationwide controversy on the confidentiality of educational records – let’s call it “the inBloom issue”. The earliest article we’ve seen on this is from Reuters (K-12 Student Database Jazzes Tech Startups, Spooks Parents, 03/03/2013), at this link: Reuters . We’re trying to learn more about what this might mean for homeschooolers in NYS. If you have information for us (beyond what we can easily find ourselves on the Internet), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The “letter of intent” (sometimes abbreviated as “L.O.I.”) is the first piece of paperwork you submit when you start homeschooling in New York State, and it’s probably the easiest to write.
But the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction don’t give any details on the wording (they just say that you have to “provide written notice” of your intentions), and some parents choke up when they go to write the letter, maybe because deciding to homeschool can feel so momentous that it seems to call for legalistic language.
Here’s a formula Continue reading
Here’s a paradox: those whose children aren’t yet of compulsory school age may find it harder to take them out of a public school than those whose children are. At least, that’s what PAHSI (Partnership for Accurate Homeschooling Information) has observed in New York City (NYC) over the years. And this oddity will have new wrinkles in 2013-14.
In Part 1 of this blog post (on 02/24/2013), we described Continue reading
Sometimes homeschoolers in New York State ask other homeschoolers what they’re supposed to do if they’re moving out of their school district (or “megadistrict”, in the case of New York City).
And sometimes the answers the parents get can lead them into unnecessary trouble.
They are often advised Continue reading