An editorial in the May 13 Houston Chronicle revisits the article earlier this week:
Is home-schooling among Texas high school kids growing by leaps and bounds? The numbers look fishy, and we’re suspicious that really, something ugly is happening.
According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 22,620 high school students stopped showing up for class in 2008 but weren’t listed as dropouts. Instead, their schools filed paperwork declaring that those students had left to be home-schooled.
If those kids really are being home- schooled — if their parents are actively guiding their studies — then we have no complaints. Home schooling can be a great way to get an education.
But is that what’s really going on? Based on anecdotal evidence and other fishy numbers, child advocates suspect that some school administrators are using home-schooling to hide their high dropout rates.
Continue reading Are Texas high schools hiding their dropout rates behind home-schooling in the Houston Chronicle.