Virtual School Meanderings

September 22, 2016

Article Notice – Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary

A while ago I got notice of a series of new articles that I haven’t gotten around to posting.  So today I wanted to post these notices, and this is the first…

Aaron J. Saiger

Fordham University School of Law
June 30, 2016

10 J School Choice_(2016)
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2802645

Regulators ubiquitously dichotomize schooling into two discrete sectors: public and private. Although homeschooling is regulated in some contexts as a third sector, the general approach is to treat it as a species of private education by subjecting it to public regulation while simultaneously denying it public funds. But the public/private binary is increasingly difficult to sustain as charter schools multiply and, especially, as virtual schooling increasingly penetrates primary and secondary education. Public school systems are deploying virtual education in ways that erode once impermeable walls between public and private. Many obstacles to homeschooling will fall with those walls — particularly obstacles related to government financing of homeschooling activities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: School choice, charter schools, private schools, school funding, educational technology, online education, homeschooling

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Date posted: July 1, 2016

Suggested Citation

Saiger, Aaron J., Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary (June 30, 2016). 10 J School Choice_(2016); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2802645. Available at SSRN:

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