HomeSource draws support from Bethel.Byline: Anne Williams The Register-Guard
The Bethel School The Bethel School is a historic school in Monticello, Florida. It is located on County Road 149. On October 12, 2001, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Board on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for HomeSource with a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Education The Department of Education of the U.S. state of Oregon is responsible for implementation of state policies with respect to public education at the kindergarten through community college level, including academic standards and testing, credentials, and other matters not reserved to to maintain current levels of funding for the embattled em·bat·tled
1. Prepared or fortified for battle or engaged in battle: embattled troops; an embattled city.
2. home-schooling program.
A publicly funded, private alternative program that provides classes for nearly 500 home-schooled students, HomeSource is one of a handful of similar programs in the state that stand to lose more than half their funding, thanks to a new interpretation of the statute dictating the per-pupil reimbursement Reimbursement
Payment made to someone for out-of-pocket expenses has incurred. rates used by school districts.
Department officials have said they won't delay implementation of the new, lower rate, although HomeSource is awaiting an official reply to a request from its attorney.
Separately, several school districts have severed sev·er
v. sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
1. To set or keep apart; divide or separate.
2. To cut off (a part) from a whole.
3. ties with HomeSource due to their concerns about new department rules giving them greater responsibility for students attending such programs. The Eugene School District Eugene School District (4J) is a public school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It serves the city of Eugene Elementary schools
tr.v. dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing, dec·i·mates
1. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group).
2. Usage Problem
a. HomeSource enrollment.
But in the resolution passed Tuesday, Bethel School Board members underscored their continuing belief that the program benefits not just home-schooled students but also the school districts it works with. HomeSource opened in the Bethel Bethel, in the Bible
Bethel (bĕth`əl) [Heb.,=house of God].
1 Ancient city of central Palestine, the modern Baytin, the West Bank, N of Jerusalem. district a decade ago, and until last year all funds were channeled through Bethel.
"This latest change could result in the end of HomeSource in its current successful form," the resolution reads. "It will also likely severely damage the positive connection we enjoy with home-schooled families in our district."
HomeSource founder and executive officer Paula Praus-Williamson, who attended Tuesday's meeting, recently asked both the Bethel and South Lane school districts for letters of support to submit to the department.
Bethel board member Sherry Cunningham asked whether, given the threats to HomeSource, the program would still be able to serve Bethel students this fall. HomeSource was forced to cancel summer classes because of the financial uncertainty.
Praus-Williamson said that, should the department go ahead with the lower reimbursement rate, HomeSource would likely seek help from the Legislature and possibly apply for charter school status, thus freeing it from the financial rules governing private alternative programs.
"So I would say yes, we are opening our doors in the fall," although "adjustments" may be necessary, she said.