Re: DSM: Anyone have tips for someone who wants to start a Sudbury school?

Brian Davis (
Fri, 13 Oct 2000 12:31:58 EDT

Yep! I read that and thought the same thing!
I'm sending you comments for the egroup. Let's talk about how to respond.
I also need to get a check out to the guy for the audio tapes.

>Subject: Re: DSM: Anyone have tips for someone who wants to start a Sudbury
>Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 11:44:48 EDT
>this is one way the Laurel Springs school can really help by forming an
>alliance and thereby making everything legal while we await
>see below
>In a message dated 10/12/00 8:30:25 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
><< At 07:36 PM 10/12/00 -0400, you wrote:
> >Maddie - Can't you apply for approval as a Tennessee private school
> >the Commissioner of Education?
> >
> >I'm sure you've done the legal research, but check out
> >
> Ah... and there lies the rub... take a quick look at the approval
> listed.(below).. notice anything??? Anything that might hinder some nice
> liberal non Christians from opening a school????
> This has also been an issue of many who home school in TN since the right
> to do so unburdened by government interference is chatteled to Christian
> rights in my state.. leaving those who are not Christian out on a very
> shaky limb. The same goes for "different" schools trying to open... our
> best chance is going to be to get my UU or other liberal facility to
> sponsor a school... apply for "Registration/Licensing/Accreditation",
> get shot down ( yep I know it will happen) and then take it to court. All
> of which is a way lot of money that none of us have. I have been
> chatting with the ACLU about the circumstance and see what I can do on
> front.... so many choices....which leads me to a question.....
> Have any of you opened something more like a "Sudbury style" learning
> center where home schoolers can gather and be in such an atmosphere while
> trying to get a "legal school" up and running??? I guess I am asking what
> you have done with your children in the mean time... for us we are home
> schooling... but do others just leave their kids in public school while
> working on this process??
> Maddie
> Registration/Licensing/Accreditation: Church-related schools are required
> to meet the standards of accreditation or membership of the Tennessee
> Association of Christian Schools, the Association of Christian Schools
> International, the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, the
> Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Tennessee Association
> Non-Public Academic Schools, or a school affiliated with Accelerated
> Christian Education, Inc. Church-related schools may voluntarily seek
> approval by the State Board of Education. Tenn. Code Ann. 49-50-801.
> >>

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