For years, homeschooling and public education have been separate and sometimes at odds. But changing attitudes and technology have meant a merging of sorts.

Now, many school districts are using the internet to reach out to homeschooled children. The families get curriculum and support, while the districts receive state funding they otherwise might not get.

In 1998 Basehor-Linwood School District became the first district in Kansas to link homeschoolers and public schools with online education through the internet.

At least four other Kansas school districts


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