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  • Homeschool parents seek charter school in Medford

  • A group of parents who homeschool their children submitted an application today to found a public charter school for homeschoolers in the Medford School District.
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  • A group of parents who homeschool their children submitted an application today to found a public charter school for homeschoolers in the Medford School District.
    Logos Charter School organizers say they want the K-12 school to serve as a guidance and resource center for parents and to allow homeschoolers to earn regular diplomas from the Medford district rather than GEDs.
    If the Medford School Board agrees to sponsor the charter, the school would open in the fall with up to 200 pupils, said John VonDoloski, one of the school's organizers.
    Students and their parents would continue to orchestrate their education at home but would have access to a licensed teacher and some on-site programs at the school, VonDoloski said. A teacher would meet with parents and the student weekly to plan and schedule lessons and check on progress, he said. The curriculum would be based on state standards, and students would be required to take the same state and local academic assessments that other Medford pupils have to take.
    "The concept is personalized learning," VonDoloski said. "The teacher sits down and does an assessment and personalizes the program specifically for the student."
    Students would have a $1,000 voucher each year to use toward their education. They could use the money to rent a laptop from the charter school or take a music lesson or community college class, for example.
    As a public charter school, the program would be open to all Oregon residents and would be free of charge. Under state charter school law, the school would receive 80 percent of the state's per-pupil funding amount, with the other 20 percent going to the Medford district. In exchange, the Medford district would provide some administrative services as well as oversight to ensure the school abides by its charter.
    Logos would be Medford's second charter school. Madrone Trail Public Charter School, a Waldorf-style school for grades K-4, was the district's first.
    — Paris Achen
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