That Letter on Teens Aging Out

Please scroll down far enough in this blog post (which is about New York City) to be able to consider certain points without dismissing them out of hand simply because of what you may have read recently online, or heard through the grapevine.

To encourage you to keep reading, we’ll say right now that three points related to “aging out” of compulsory schooling (which in NYC happens at the end of the “school year” in which the teen turns 17) have been battling it out for the top spot in this blog post.

These three Continue reading

December Birthdays and Compulsory School Age

December birthdays in New York City – now, that’s a fine kettle of fish! And we suspect it may be similarly messy for some homeschoolers in other parts of the state, too (more about that at the very end of this blog post).

We touched on the December Discrepancy (though we didn’t call it that) in Continue reading

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.

While PAHSI isn’t yet Continue reading

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.

Here’s a formula Continue reading

Kindergarten Changes in NYS – Part 2

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