Category Archives: Your Child’s Official Records

Regents Meet Tomorrow on inBloom Privacy Issue – Group Urges Quick Emails

The Board of Regents of the NYSED (New York State Education Department) is meeting tomorrow (Monday, 03/22/2013) on the inBloom computer data privacy issue (which we had mentioned briefly on 03/18/2013 in the blog post “Two Updates and One New Issue”), according to the group Class Size Matters (which addresses issues other than just class size). Class Size Matters has just sent out an email urging the parents of NYS public school students (homeschoolers aren’t specifically mentioned, but this issue does seem to affect us to some degree, too) to email the Regents right away.

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Two Updates and One New Issue

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 comments@pahsi.net .   

 

How to Write a Letter of Intent to Homeschool in NYS

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.

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A Guide to the NYS Homeschool Regulations, Now Online

We’ve just uploaded a guide to the NYS homeschooling regulations, based on years of collective experience in encouraging and sometimes pressuring school districts (including the New York City “megadistrict”) to understand and follow them.

This document was originally written by Elsa Haas, director of PAHSI, for an international conference in Spain in 2011. But since it’s proven useful for NYS homeschoolers as well, we’ve now updated it to make it available on the Internet for the first time.

The Outline of Contents near the beginning of the document will tell you which numbered point to scroll down to for specific information (and a few anecdotes) on many, many aspects of the “Regs”: IHIPs, quarterly reports, testing, narrative assessments, peer group review panels, deadlines, prior records, grade level, correcting computer records, special needs, appeals – practically the whole shebang!

The current title is “How the Homeschool Regulations Really Work: Practical Nuances of the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction.”

Just click on the tab that says “NYS Regulations” at the top of this page. And please write to us at comments@pahsi.net to let us know what you think.

New Testing Options for Homeschoolers: Part 2 (of 3)

Part 1 of this blog post described the problem: admissions people sometimes view homeschooled kids’ test scores skeptically. Part 2 shows how the director of the New York City Central Office of Homeschooling replied to a parent’s email about this.

The director initially replied:

[…] If you intend to apply to the school, we’ll contact the representative and explain the portfolio process. […]

The parent then asked Continue reading