Districts seek kids schooled at home


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Arkansas – The number of children taught at home school has more than doubled in the past six years, prompting public school educators to find ways to lure children back.

One school district is creating more neighborhood schools, and the state has established an online public school. In both cases, public school educators hope to draw a similar group of students ? home-schoolers.

But the new initiatives face some resistance.

Home-school advocacy groups are encouraging people who teach their children to keep them at home. Most say they are going to do whatever they think is right for their children.

Debra Holt, who homeschools, said she thinks some home-schoolers will go back to public schools because of new or different course offerings.

But many will stick to their own curriculums, she said. “Our decision to home school was made because we want to be responsible for our children?s educations,” Holt said. “If there was a wonderful elementary school built right next door and my children were invited to attend, we would still choose to teach them at home.” Read more…

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