Hi I live in California and my wife and I are deciding if we want to home-school as a private school or through a charter program.
The obvious benefit of charter program is that they give you $2600 a year to spend on a child, towards curriculum and other educational expenses.
Most of the families at the co-op we are apart of are pretty adamantly against the charter route, as you can’t spend the money on any faith based curriculum.
A couple of years ago that sounded like it would be a deal breaker for me too, but now as I’ve come to accept that main stream science and orthodox Christianity can be in harmony, I’m realizing I don’t necessarily need a “Christian Science” or “Christian History” curriculum and maybe even prefer not to have one, but instead use a secular curriculum and then supplement with things that help teach them to think “Christianly” about Science and History and all other areas of education. Thus, I’m wondering if there is any real reason that I should be opposed to doing a charter based home schooling, and if the general fear and opposition among parents that I am hearing is mainly due to the anti-evolutionary approach and treating the Bible as more of a science and history text book.
Has anyone else worked through this or know other type of restrictions I should consider when deciding between filing as a private school or going through a charter program?