When legislators make what seem like helpful changes to education law, there are often downstream effects. This summer, the state has been debating AB130, which would make alterations to the part of the education code called Independent Study (IS) as a reaction to Covid-era educational concerns. But IS is used as the basis for a number of different types of educational programs that are out of the mainstream. Three representatives from these schools joined host Suki Wessling to talk about how their schools work, who they benefit, and how the rules changes would affect them.
Learn about Ocean Grove Charter School, an independent online charter, Oasis High School, a WASC-accredited high school that offers personalized learning programs, and Alternative Family Education, an alternative school that serves homeschooling families. Though all using IS to provide public education to their students, the students they serve and the way they provide their education is quite different. These educators make a strong case for the continued availability of flexibility and multiple options to serve the needs of diverse students.
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