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? about homeschooling coop and money

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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I am trying to start a coop with a few friends and we were wondering the different ways teachers are paid. 

Do you the families pay teachers directly?

Do they pay the coop and then the coop pays the family?

If the class price is based on the number of students, how do you handle it when someone drops out?

Is there anything else I need to know?  Do you have any lessons you learned about coop classes and paying the teachers....or any other advice?

Thanks

by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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Boobah
by Nikki :) on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:25 AM
Bump! I've never been in a co-op :)
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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM
We do 2 different co-ops. In both the parents write the checks out to the teachers, but the admins of the co-op do the collecting and distributing.
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by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM
We do a co-op here in my local group. But the teachers are volunteers. It's just once a week. It's $10 for each family (may be per child) to join the co-op.
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romacox
by Silver Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

In the co-ops I have been involved in, the parents volunteered to take turns teaching.   I suppose for subjects parents did not feel qualified to teach, one could hire a tutor though. 

If one hired a tutor, I recommend collecting the money in advance so that it did not end up being your expense if someone dropped out.  Many tutors are paid by the session, and do not require contracts.

oredeb
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

 our coop is a volunteer one also, any money charged is for field trips and supplies

Saraho5
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM
We have one co-op that costs 20$ a year per family to join. There are administrator that collect and keep up with the money. There are field trips and get togethers throughout the year. Then classes for 6 weeks in Fall & 6 weeks in Spring. The parents volunteer. Some have a small fee (like 2 or 3 bucks) to help with that particular class and special supplies. (like last Spring a few bucks had to be paid if you signed your child up for the Chemistry class or some sort of wood carving class). It's two hours once a week for 6 wks.

There is another co-op that's more like 3 hundred something per
semester that meets every Monday
all day. They cover communication skills, art, music & Bible. The administrators collect that money as well. The teachers get paid, but I'm not sure how much.

I'm a novice with homeschooling too! Hope that helped a little :-)

We joined the first co-op I mentioned.
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Bump

I've never been to one, either.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Jun. 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

 Bump. Never been in a co-op.  : )

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Jun. 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Let me clarify, 90% of the classes are taught by volunteer parents. The $$ is for supplies for the class. But we also have specialist teachers come in for piano and such that charge a teaching fee. Then we have a per semester family fee that covers the space rental (for one co-op we use a local arts center, for another we use a building on the Weslyan University campus.
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