In a blog post on its company website written by HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones, Google revealed that in a few weeks it will begin accepting applications from homeschool co-ops to use its G Suite for Education.
The announcement represents a major change in policy. Previously Google allowed only accredited schools to use the software.
Jones contacted Google last summer after hearing from several homeschool co-op administrators who were hoping to gain access to G Suite.
“We worked for almost a year to come up with a way that Google could make its software available to co-ops while avoiding fraudulent claims,” said Jones. “They really wanted to do this.”
Details will be released soon explaining how homeschool co-ops can verify their status for Google.
Jones added that he appreciates Google’s responsiveness to homeschoolers.
“This is a good example of how companies can change with the times by recognizing that excellent education occurs in places other than traditional schools,” he said.