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May non-Ohio families participate in CCO events?

You need not reside in Ohio to participate in CCO events. In 2016 CCO is scheduled to participate in tournaments in Kentucky. Michigan and Indiana in addition to Ohio. A priority in registration is given to families, regardless of residence, who have committed to participate in the CCO program. If registrations are not filled, and if you agree to support CCO standards, you are welcome to join other families from Ohio and the surrounding area who are seeking to build a new generation of servants to bring glory to God.

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May I use CCO materials in my state?

When CCO decided to develop the materials and rules for a new speech and debate program, the vision was to offer the program only in Ohio, and to make it available to interested families in Ohio and neighboring states. In a way that was unexpected by the CCO leadership team, people from multiple states, both near to and far from Ohio, have asked if they could be a part of this program, hosting tournaments in their geographic regions.  CCO is excited about the possibilities to assist others that share the same vision and purpose to which CCO is committed.

If you are interested in using this program in your region, and you agree with the CCO:

And you agree to uphold the CCO:

Then, please contact Duane Miller at for information about using this material in your area, or to be put into contact with others who have expressed similar desires.

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May Ohio Charter School/Virtual Academy students participate in CCO events?

Definition of a Charter School/Virtual Academy:
"Public schools establish a charter (community school, virtual charter, virtual academy*) listing the school's mission, educational program, and methods of assessment. Charter schools answer to the state or local school board for assessing students and verifying academic progress. Charter schools are completely government-funded."

From HSLDA Charter schools: The price is too high 1/7/2002
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*CCO added

CCO´s Position on Charter/Virtual Academies: Families with students enrolled in a charter school (community school, virtual charter or virtual academy) are not considered to be home educators. Below is part of a letter from an HSLDA legal assistant regarding whether or not a family enrolled in a Virtual Academy is a home educator:

"HSLDA strongly opposes homeschoolers participating in virtual academies, because with the funding and freebies comes government controls. Essentially, it is bringing the public school into your home. We are opposed to it also because the government is getting full funding for doing very little work, and none of the actual instructing. We believe that programs like this jeopardize the freedom and independence that homeschoolers have worked so hard over the last 20 years to achieve. HSLDA does not believe that someone enrolled in a public charter school is a true and independent homeschooler. Therefore if a family has children only in the virtual academy, they will not be eligible for HSLDA membership. If a family has at least one homeschooled student, they will be eligible for membership. The only restriction is that we only represent that family on homeschooled issues. For more information, you can go to"
(From letter from HSLDA legal assistant, Gabriel J. Waddell)

The Problem with Home-based Charter Schools - HSLDA´s Position in the Charter School Debate -- see
Ohio Cyberschools Face New Tests

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How is Home Education defined for Ohio student eligibility of participation in CCO events?

To participate in CCO events, the student must meet the following definitions for home education:

Definition of Home Education:
Education primarily directed and provided by the parent, as defined by Ohio law -- Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3321.4(A); Ohio Admin. Code 3301-34-01(B) and 3301-35-08 -- with at least 50% of the education provided by the parent.
Definition of 08 Schools:
A non-chartered, non-tax supported school established because of truly held religious beliefs as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-08.

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What is PSEO and How Does It Affect CCO?

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) was enacted by the Ohio General Assembly (SB 140 in 1989 and HB 215 in 1997) to provide for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in chartered public and nonpublic high schools, as well as students enrolled in 08 schools, to receive dual credit towards high school and college through the successful completion of college courses while still in high school. As long as any student enrolled in the PSEO program meets the above definitions for Home Education and 08 Schools, they may participate in CCO events.

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