Oklahoma Watch wrote an extensive report of the bill and interviewed Stanislawski. But some glaring questions go unanswered.
I guess Stanislawski's bill serves to prove that Epic One On One will not be allowed to work like a homeschool. Recently, Stanislawski pushed legislation which made the Oklahoma Legislature and their Board of Virtual Schools the sponsor of Epic as a charter school, rather than a local school district. So the responsibility for policy now rests squarely upon Senate Education Chairman Stanislawski and other legislative leaders.
Many homeschool leaders warned Oklahoma families not to view a state-run curriculum as a traditional homeschool process. They are now saying; "We told you so." I disagreed with them 6 years ago, but bills like SB244 now prove I was wrong to dismiss the warning.
I don't believe Sen. Stanislawski is being deliberately harmful to the more than 40,000 home-educated students and their parents. I just think this former Jenks school board member has a mindset which doesn't comprehend the homeschoolers' needs for flexibility in format. How about waiting until we see a widespread failure of home educating, before we declare an emergency, as Stanislawski has declared.
I urge the legislature to stop this effort to restrict the families who educate their children at home. This bill could result in many home educating parents going to criminal court and facing some very adversarial district attorneys' charges.
Here is the article from Oklahoma Watch:
Senator Wants Virtual Schools
Here is the original text of SB244: It includes an 'emergency clause' to make it effective July 1st.
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
1st Session of the 56th Legislature (2017)
SENATE BILL 244 By: Stanislawski
An Act relating to virtual charter schools; directing
virtual charter schools to keep attendance records
for enrolled students; providing circumstances under
which a student shall be considered absent; requiring
a virtual charter school to submit a report upon a
student accumulating a certain number of absences;
providing for content of the report; providing for
promulgation of rules; providing for codification;
providing an effective date; and declaring an
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1. NEW LAW
A new section of law to be codified
in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 3-145.8 of Title 70, unless
there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
A. It shall be the duty of each virtual charter school approved
and sponsored by the Statewide Virtual School Board pursuant to the
provisions of Section 3-145.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes
to keep a full and complete record of the attendance of all students
enrolled in the virtual charter school.
B. If a student enrolled in a virtual charter school does not
log on to the virtual charter school provider at least once each day
for five (5) days during the seven-day week, he or she shall be
considered absent for the day on which he or she did not log on to
the virtual charter school provider.
C. The virtual charter school shall submit a report to the
Statewide Virtual Charter School Board when a student has
accumulated ten (10) absences. The report shall include the name of
the student, the student's grade level and the number of absences
accumulated as of the date of the report. The report may also
include any explanations for the absences provided by the parent or
legal guardian of the student.
D. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board shall promulgate
rules to implement the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective July 1, 2017.
SECTION 3. It being immediately necessary for the preservation
of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby
declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and
be in full force from and after its passage and approval.
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