Iowa City School Board Looks To Put Homeschool Policy In Place | Chris Earl | 11/04/09

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Dr. Betty Klein's life is spent with kids.

"We have nine children and four grandchildren," she said.

About a decade ago, she made the move to homeschool her youngest children.

"Many of them are adopted and have special needs that the school district wanted to meet but were unable to meet," said Dr. Klein.

Twice a week, these children leave home to come to the basement of a Coralville church to work on their lessons -- with other children working on their voices in the worship center.

On Tuesday night, the Iowa City Community School District Board will hold a first reading on a policy to get home-schooled students into the public school classroom

"You need to be here for 2 years to get the diploma," said superintendent Dr. Lane Plugge. You need to complete the Iowa City curriculum to get the Iowa City diploma."

Before educating her children at home, Dr. Klein raised a daughter who was valedictorian at Iowa City West, who later graduated from Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island, before moving to Harvard.

Dr. Klein says she is concerned about whether gifted students will stay motivated through the final 2 years.

"High Schoolers who want to participate in public schooling those last couple of years are going to choose not to because it won't meet their needs."

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