(FROM THE LOUDOUN TIMES MIRROR)
Parents looking for choice and variety in their student’s education have found a gold mine in Loudoun County.
Butch Porter, a Leesburg resident and parent, is working on something a little different in the name of school choice.
A homeschool cooperative could be in Loudoun’s future, courtesy of Porter and a band of other local parents.
A cooperative, more commonly called a co-op, is a collection of parents homeschooling their children who have decided to combine their resources to educate their children in a nontraditional classroom.
What makes Porter’s co-op stand out is his vision for the micro-school model, using certified teachers with specialized knowledge to teach students across different age groups.
Traditionally, a micro-school meets two days or less a week with smaller class sizes, using flipped classroom learning, in which students do homework and discussion in class. Micro-schools provide full-year education for under $10,000 annually.
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