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Father questions board about home-schooled daughter's desire to take driver's ed class

August 13, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A father's questions about his daughter's participation in driver's education classes have prompted the Waynesboro Area School Board to take another look at its policy regarding homeschoolers' participation in school curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

John Tremper of Mont Alto, Pa., told the school board on Tuesday that district officials said his 16-year-old daughter, who is homeschooled, cannot participate in driver's education this fall. He said he did not attend the board meeting to "cause trouble," but he described frustration over that decision.

"It's frustrating to us because we pay school taxes," Tremper said, saying the family's insurance company only recognizes the school course for discounts.

Interim Superintendent Gloria Walker said the teenager could take the course materials home, study independently and take tests in front of the teacher.

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"He has to sign off on the papers that go to the transportation department," Walker said.

That would involve the general $15 charge passed on to all students, plus $100 for the teacher's additional time outside of class, Walker said.

Board president Stanley Barkdoll told Tremper that the issue will be discussed next week when board members have copies of school law and policy in front of them.

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