by Amy Tjaden News Editor


I stumbled upon an article today about a homeschool program that is run through a school district. I’ve never heard of anything like this. Maybe our readers are familiar with this type of program or even utilize a similar program. If so, I’d sure love to know more about how this type of program works.

The program, in Washington State, is called Three Rivers Homelink and is run by the Richland School District. They are currently looking to expand the program which currently serves 50 students. The expansion could double that number.

The expansion is also expected to give more opportunities to older children in the program and to cover more grades.

The program supports homeschool families by providing onsite and online classes. They have access to the Homelink staff that makes visits to their homes. Families in the program are also eligible for reimbursement of educational expenses.

The Homelink program is paid for by the state, base on the district’s enrollment numbers.

I’m intrigued by this. If children attend classes on site is it still homeschooling? Do families have to use a specified curriculum to participate in this program? Are children required to take standardized tests? I realize there are as many ways to homeschool as there are families who homeschool. But this seems less like homeschooling and more like a way for the district to keep tabs on kids and to ensure their own funding.

I look forward to hearing from our readers about similar programs.

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