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- States such as Texas, North Carolina, and Nebraska are seeing signs of a pandemic homeschooling boom, in which more families are opting for remote learning, rather than in-person teaching.
- How can schools help families during this time? What will be the biggest hurdles for homeschooling parents, and how can donors help?
- Read more about a new era of homeschooling.
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San Antonio is experiencing a homeschool boom, data suggests, fueled by parents frustrated with public school options during the pandemic.
Distressed over remote learning, tired of not knowing when their children would return to school, and, to a lesser degree, fear of COVID-19 spreading through classrooms, parents are exploring whether homeschooling will work for their families, homeschool representatives said.
“People who are just in a really deep state of crisis are just looking for anything to get them through the day,” said Jeremy Newman, Texas Homeschool Coalition Director of Public Policy.
“They were not putting up with the yo-yo effect that the public schools were giving them,” said Jube Dankworth, COO of Texas Home Educators. It’s led to a level of interest and exploration of homeschools that, “has been just huge,” Dankworth said.
Public schools across the country are seeing families unenroll, and increasing homeschooling numbers may offer insight into where those families have gone. With kids at home anyway, families in every state are opting to skip the Zoom classes and go all in on homeschooling. Nebraska has reported a 56 percent increase in families officially registering to homeschool. North Carolina’s numbers tripled over last year.
Unlike other states, Texas does not require homeschool families to register with the Texas Education Agency, so organizations that support homeschooling have to go off of other metrics.
In the 24 hours after the Texas Education Agency announced reopening plans in July, which originally required parents to choose entirely virtual or in-person learning, the Texas HomeSchool Coalition saw a 1,500 percent increase in families filling out their online public school withdrawal form.
Since then the coalition has seen double and triple the call volume it usually has in the lead up to school, said Newman.
Read the full article about states with a pandemic homeschooling boom by Bekah McNeel at The 74.