Eager to boost state funding, public schools are trying to woo home-schoolers.
In Myrtle Point (Oregon), the district is trying to phase in some courses that could prove particularly appealing to home-school parents, such as forestry, ecology and computer science.
Superintendent Robert Smith said the school system is also willing to adjust the curriculum — for example, by allowing discussion of creationism in biology class, or biblical literature in English courses.
. . . In Walla Walla, Washington, school officials have launched plans for a new learning center that they hope will attract at least 30 home-school students, to help cope with a projected $200,000 in budget cuts next school year.
A school district in Fort Collins, Colorado, started a program aimed at drawing home-schooled youngsters into the system with two days a week of art, science and music. In 2003, it earned the district an extra $203,341 in state funding.
Schools are trying harder to please parents whose children aren’t a captive audience.