We are nearing the end of our first year as charter school homeschoolers. Technically, our children are public schoolers because they're enrolled in a public charter, but I still feel like we're regular homeschoolers.
The only differences so far have been that we have to "check in" with their assigned teacher twice a week, via phone, email or text; the teacher has to do academic assessments for math and reading at the beginning and end of the year and we have to send in written work samples in math, reading and science.
Since the trade off for checking in with them are that we get an academic budget of $1000/child, Rosetta Stone access, an ipad and a laptop, it's been worth it for me. Another thing that I really like about the charter school our kids are "in" is that we are able to set our own schedule and pick out all of our own (secular) curriculum. I don't think that I would be happy with something like Connections or K-12 where the lessons are planned out for you.
What at-home charter school options does your state have? What have you tried? Have you joined a charter and ended up going back to homeschooling or putting your child in a brick and mortar school?