Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Regulation changes would limit opportunities for home schoolers

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has proposed regulation changes to statewide correspondence study programs. These changes will greatly limit the access to choice by home schooling families.

Correspondence programs, or "home schooling programs," are just that -- programs administered by parents, in the home. The proposed regulations by the Department of Education were written with little to no input from the home school population. This has the potential to have a devastating impact on our children's opportunities.

We home school by choice. Our children consistently score well above the local and national average on all standardized tests. We are very concerned this may change if we are forced to abide by the proposed regulations.

We urge everyone to read the proposed regulations by the State Board of Education, specifically those listed under 4 AAC 33.421. The 90-day public comment period should be continued allowing for input from those of us who choose to take the responsibility for educating our own children.

Home school children are proven performers. Those children deserve the opportunity not only to succeed, but to excel. The future of Alaska depends on it.

Dory and Michael McIsaac


Much still left in state government that could be cut to fill budget gap

Our esteemed legislators need to keep in mind that they are there at our bequest and not for what "they" deem is necessary to close the budget gap. Hats off to Reps. Ogan and Coghill for not attending this little secret gathering. There is so much in state government that could, and should, be cut before anything else happens (and this comes from a state employee)! There is not a state department here that couldn't cut its budget proportionately and meet this "crisis" and still get the work and services accomplished that the task calls for. Motivated employees always perform better, as long as they believe they are viewed as an important cog in the wheel. You'd think many of our legislators, who came from business backgrounds, would know this.

However, the ivory tower syndrome must corrupt their beliefs in convening secret meetings away from us little people. Hopefully, enough of us who vote will look at these representatives under the looking glass and decide if they're worthy enough to have our best interests at heart.

Stan Adams


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