Iowa School Districts Trying to Attract Homeschoolers

Iowa School Districts Trying to Attract Homeschoolers

Iowa school districts compete for home school students

Iowa school districts are competing for home-schooling students – and the state funding they bring – with bigger libraries, more field trips and renovated facilities. The Iowa City school district, for one, has more than tripled its spending on home-schooling students, in part to lure back dozens of home-schooling families who have gone to other districts through open enrollment.

HSLDA Addresses Iowa Legislature on Homeschooling and Abuse

HSLDA Addresses Iowa Legislature on Homeschooling and Abuse

HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff addressed the Iowa Government Oversight Committee during a special session on child abuse and homeschooling.

After a tragic series of incidents where two homeschooled 16-year-old girls were abused and killed, Iowa legislators called a special session to discuss policy going forward to prevent further tragedies.

Both girls were in foster care and their families had prior abuse complaints.

Some legislators argued for stricter restrictions on homeschooling, including yearly home visits, to prevent further instances of abuse.

Citing a 2016 report on child abuse, Woodruff argued that Iowa’s Department of Human Services should focus on the primary risk factors and any new policies should apply to all families and not just those that choose to homeschool.

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Homeschool Students Advance to National History Day Finals

Homeschoolers Advance to National History Day Finals

Two homeschooled students from Spencer, Iowa have advanced to the National History Day Finals.

Janae Hassman and Kaley Hunter, both 8th graders, had their project on the Berlin Airlift selected to advance to the national competition in the Junior Division.

The National History Day finals will take place at the University of Maryland June 11-15, 2017.

Janae’s mother, Karen Hassman, said her daughter’s National History Day project was incorporated into Janae’s history and language arts curriculum. The girls learned about the Berlin Candy Bomber and were able to interview recipients of packages dropped by the pilot.

I hope I’ll report that Janae and Kaley’s project, Berlin Airlift: Flight for Freedom, has won the national competition in a future podcast.

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This story was originally reported in the Spencer Daily Reporter

Alpha Omega Academy Graduate Jordon Smith Goes Pro in Supercross

Alpha Omega Academy graduate and Monster Energy Supercross rookie Jordon Smith finished fourth at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 15.

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In the midst of his first professional supercross season, Alpha Omega Academy graduate Jordon Smith finished fourth at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 15.

Smith is a member of the GEICO Honda team competing in the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross. According to an interview with Arenacross, his lifelong dream of becoming a professional racer began when he was four years old and he started riding circles on a home-mowed track in his grandparents’ field.

Smith moved to Millsaps Training Facility in Cairo, Georgia, at age 11 to pursue his racing career and enrolled at Alpha Omega Academy in 2010 to finish high school while chasing his dreams. The online academy for grades K-12 serves students around the globe and accommodates students with unique pursuits by offering a flexible schedule. Smith completed his high school coursework around his training schedule and graduated from AOA in 2014.

After overcoming several injuries over the past few years, Smith made the jump into professional racing in January of 2015. He hopes his top 4 finish at Indianapolis is an early indication of the success he can accomplish when competing again at full health.
Currently ranked number 20 in 250 Supercross East, Smith continues his rookie season at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 28. To follow his progress and the 2015 point standings, visit amasupercross.com.

About Alpha Omega Academy

Accredited by NCA CASI, Alpha Omega Academy is the K-12 online school of Alpha Omega Publications. Founded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of award-winning PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to Christian schools and homeschool families worldwide. Visit Alpha Omega Academy or call 800-682-7396.