Home schooling soars in popularity on Maryland Shore

This also contains a good run-down on the history and future of the homeschooling movement.

BERLIN — When Denise Valle gave birth to her daughter, Hannah, more than a decade ago, she wanted a way to keep her two children close to her.

‘I considered the home-schooling system and thought, ‘What better reason to keep the children together?’ ‘ said the Berlin resident.

Now a home-schooling veteran, Valle said she rarely gives her choice to bypass traditional schools a second thought.

‘Right now, this is the best situation for us,’ she said.

And Valle is not alone.

The number of home-schooled students on the Lower Shore has continued to grow over the years, from 68 in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in 1991, to 483 in 2003, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. Read more…

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