The in Re Rachel L. decision from a California appellate court, which has been vacated, caused ripples around the United States. This one is from Ohio.
The subject of homeschooling, 24 March 2008, Zanesville Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio
I would like to commend Ruben Navarrette, Jr. (In Defense of Home Schooling, Thursday, March 20) for his analysis of the California appellate court decision threatening to outlaw homeschooling in California. I’d also like to clarify a detail, and bring the subject home.
How many kids are homeschooled in America? It’s difficult to know exactly, but United States census figures from 1999 estimated that 850,000 kids were homeschooled that year. In 2003, the National Center for Educational Statistics estimated about 1.1 million kids were homeschooled. This is a jump of 29 percent in four years. No official figures are available since 2003, but it is clear to anyone paying attention that the numbers have continued a steady rate of increase.
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