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Parents announce homeschool co-op plans

ALPENA, Mich. — United Conservative Voice of Alpena announced plans for an alternative education program this week.

The group started early discussions for a home school co–op during Thursday’s meeting. As a co–op, parents would bring their students together at least once a week for a group learning experience. Parents can also pool money and resources for educational materials and field trips.

Michael Mantas, of the Alpena County republican party, said this wouldn’t be the first co–op in the area.

“There’s a non-government school co-op called COACH that operates out of the Word of Life Church. And there are many homeschool families who aren’t attached to that or the partnership [another program].”

Mantas said he and others started considering the co–op over the summer, citing frustrations with Alpena Schools’ curriculum and policy.

He adds that while they haven’t locked everything in, they’re considering the “1776 Unites” program from Hillsdale College for their civics classes.

Mantas said anyone in the community is welcome to join. More information is available from