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At home in the schoolroom

Fed up with her son’s performance in school, Kim Clayton pulled him out of third grade at Dasher Green Elementary in Columbia during spring break in 2002 and never took him back.

“Society has so tied the [public education] system’s hands. They want it to be everything to everyone, perform social services even,” said Clayton, who was Dasher Green’s PTA president at the time. “Teachers are too overburdened to teach.”

So Clayton, who lives in the top-rated school system in the state, started teaching her son year-round in the living room of her Howard County home. She’s part of a 20-year trend that has seen a growing number of families – from a recently increasing variety of backgrounds – abandon public education for lessons led by parents. Read more…

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