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Various reasons attract families to homeschooling

More parents are taking their children’s education into their own hands and homes, according to recent Poudre School District and national numbers.

In PSD, the number of families choosing homeschooling increased 8 percent in the late 1990s. In the past few years, the numbers have stabilized, but homeschooling is still a popular choice among parents.

During the 2002-2003 school year, Poudre School District received letters of intent to homeschool 456 students, less than 2 percent of PSD’s total enrollment. So far this year, there are 313 homeschool students, but that number is typical for the fall, said PSD’s Homeschool Program coordinator Ron Ayres.

Throughout the year, more parents probably will pull their children out of public school in favor of educating them at home, Ayres said.

The reasons families choose to homeschool are as varied as the families, Ayres said. Read more…

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