Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary

35 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2016

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Aaron J. Saiger

Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: June 30, 2016


Regulators ubiquitously dichotomize schooling into two discrete sectors: public and private. Although homeschooling is regulated in some contexts as a third sector, the general approach is to treat it as a species of private education by subjecting it to public regulation while simultaneously denying it public funds. But the public/private binary is increasingly difficult to sustain as charter schools multiply and, especially, as virtual schooling increasingly penetrates primary and secondary education. Public school systems are deploying virtual education in ways that erode once impermeable walls between public and private. Many obstacles to homeschooling will fall with those walls — particularly obstacles related to government financing of homeschooling activities.

Keywords: School choice, charter schools, private schools, school funding, educational technology, online education, homeschooling

Suggested Citation

Saiger, Aaron J., Homeschooling, Virtual Learning, and the Eroding Public/Private Binary (June 30, 2016). 10 J School Choice_(2016); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2802645. Available at SSRN:

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