Interesting article about homeschool numbers and factors in homeschooling, from Oregon:
Douglas County boasted 727 homeschoolers last year, according to the Douglas Education Service District, which serves as a checkpoint for families registering each child’s exit from a school district.
After a boom several years ago, the number of students in homeschooling locally has plateaued, Shirley Pasley, the Douglas ESD’s secretary of student achievement, said Friday.
“It’s been pretty stable for a while,” she said. “Basically, it’s those parents that are going to continue doing it … there are some that do it for a while and then realize it’s pretty tough.”
Homeschool parents say each family has been affected differently by the economic downturn. Some have had to end their homeschooling as mothers returned to the job force to supplement the family income.
The county had the eighth-largest homeschool population in Oregon in 2008-09, according to the Oregon Department of Education. The ODE reported 19,070 students registered as homeschoolers that year.
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