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Iredell homeschool students get access to online courses

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Homeschooled students may soon have an option to become part-time students in the public system. The N.C. Virtual Public School would allow students in one county to explore options they don't currently have access to.

West Iredell High School Principal Todd Holden said the county school system is hoping to launch a program to allow home schooled students to take advanced placement courses online.

There are about 1,700 homeschoolers in Iredell County and school officials believe this could be a win-win. Holden said the program would require the students to enroll in at least two online courses.

That would allow the school system to receive the same allotment from the state as they would for a regular student.

Holden said it's not about the money. The program could also give homeschoolers more opportunity.

"We have students out there that want to do auto tech. We've have students that want AP courses. So we want to try to help them meet those needs and at the same time, increase enrollment," said Holden.

Lynn Taylor has homeschooled all three of her children, two of which have graduated. She said the idea of online public courses defeats the purpose of homeschool.

"When we start branching out and going to places where our legal guardians are not teaching us our parents are not teaching us, then we need to really look at what's behind it and at some point am I going to be sacrificing my homeschool freedom," said Taylor.

Holden said they want to hear from homeschool parents. A public forum is planned for the end of the month to discuss details. No date has been set.

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