Virginia Parents Push For After-School Activities For Homeschooled Kids | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Parents Push For After-School Activities For Homeschooled Kids

Play associated audio

There are more than 25,000 students in the state of Virginia who are schooled at home. Many local districts allow them to take some classes in the public system without enrolling full-time, and Amy Wilson with the Organization of Virginia Home Schoolers doesn't see why those kids can't take part in after-school activities or sports.

"Particularly when you get to the high school years, community type programs, such as little league, no longer exist for those students, because the programs in the public schools are so large and so well supported through the school system," she says.

Del. Rob Bell and Sen. Tom Garrett agree, and they've drafted bills to let local school districts decide, but at the Virginia Education Association, President Meg Gruber says, there's strong opposition to letting the home-school crowd join debate teams, arts programs, clubs or sports.

"We really feel that's part of the total package for public school students, and it's an important motivator, and part of the school spirit," says Gruber.

She adds that public school students must meet certain academic and disciplinary requirements to take part in after school programs.

Amy Wilson says parents of homeschoolers are willing to abide by whatever rules local districts establish for their kids to participate, and she notes that in some rural areas there are not enough homeschoolers to form a team let alone a league.

NPR

Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

Renee Montagne talks to art sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton about how the habits of the 1 percent reverberate across the art world. She is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts.
WAMU 88.5

This Week On Metro Connection: Down The Hatch (Rebroadcast)

We'll celebrate Thanksgiving by revisiting our annual show about food, glorious food.
NPR

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.
NPR

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.