Star-Tribune‘s Leah Todd wrote a piece late last month on two families learning at home. Both families are enrolled in the public school system’s Wyoming Connection Academy. However, the article and this month’s editorial showed lack of clarity on Wyoming’s homeschooling regulations, as opposed to public virtual school guidelines. The benefits of time flexibility and family life at home were laid out well.
Teacher, Mom: Wyoming home schooling mothers live dual roles
Breakfast was banana bread and butter next to her sister Alexis, 8. Bailey, the family’s 11-year-old golden retriever, lapped Maren’s crumbs from under the table as Maren ate and chatted with her mother, Beth, about what to do first in school. James Worthen, Maren’s father, and Connor, her 11-year-old brother, weren’t home. The morning was too perfect to waste a chance deer hunting before school.
The author does point this out about Wyoming homeschooling. I assume these statistics do not include virtual public school students.
About 2,300 students are home-schooled in Wyoming, according to data from the Wyoming Department of Education. That figure has not changed significantly over the past decade, said Dianne Frazer, the agency’s home-school contact. The state asks local school districts to report the number of home-school families and students in their districts annually, Frazer said.
Beyond that, she said, home-school families are considered private schools.