Title page for ETD etd-04282005-082915

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rowland, B. Keith
Author's Email Address krowland@rcps.org
URN etd-04282005-082915
Title Comparing and Contrasting Local School Board Policies That Govern Access to Public School Programs and Activities by Home Schooled Students in Virginia
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Alexander, M. David Committee Co-Chair
Sughrue, Jennifer A. Committee Co-Chair
Driscoll, Lisa G. Committee Member
Golding, Patricia S. Committee Member
Salmon, Richard G. Committee Member
  • Fifth
  • First
  • Compulsory Attendance
  • Equal Access
Date of Defense 2005-04-08
Availability unrestricted
The primary guiding question proposed for this study is, what are the variations and commonalities in policies among the 132 school districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia that govern whether or not students who are educated at home have access to public school courses and extra-curricular activities? In order to obtain this information the study was conducted of two phases. The first phase consisted of a policy analysis in order to determine the scope and nature of home school policies across Virginia’s 132 operational school districts, and whether they fall within the legal parameters established by state regulations and case law. The second phase involved ascertaining how school officials perceived local control of home schoolers’ access to public school classes or extracurricular activities through a multiple case study. This phase involved interviewing the person designated to implement these policies from selected school districts. The intent was that the data analysis would provide the basis for recommending changes or perhaps no changes, in the state’s role in governing home school access.
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