July 19, 2011 in Idaho

School district program geared to homeschooling

Associated Press

PONDERAY, Idaho — A North Idaho school district plans to launch a program this fall geared toward helping parents who instruct their children at home.

The Lake Pend Oreille School District in Sandpoint will host a meeting Wednesday to gather comments from prospective homeschool families. The new program is modeled after efforts in the Bonneville School District in southeastern Idaho.

In Sandpoint, the program is expected to launch later this year and would allow parents and students to use computers at the school district for online courses. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports a teacher would also be available to provide coaching.

District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich says the program has proven successful in the Idaho Falls school district because it recognizes that families have a choice when it comes to educating their children.

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