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Florida sees jump in home-schooled children

DELAND — Esther Brunnig practiced for this year’s Volusia County Spelling Bee, where she took second place, while rolling around her living room atop an exercise ball.

Sometimes, Esther and her siblings do their schoolwork sprawled on the floor of their bedrooms.

Other times, they gather with their mother around a table in the DeLand family’s ‘school room,’ lined by shelves loaded with books, games and supplies for future craft projects.

Fourteen-year-old Esther has never attended a traditional school. As the third oldest of Sarah and John Brunnig’s six children, it was decided long before Esther was ready for school that she would be taught at home as are a steadily growing number of children across Florida and the country. Read more…

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