Homeschool Co-ops create community


Lori Nitzsche decided to home-school her children not out of faith, but as a way to connect with them and customize their curriculum, she said.

Nitzsche, a former public school teacher, found most home-schooling support groups to be Christian or religious-affiliated, so she and a diverse group of parents formed a nonsectarian group, known as a co-op, that offers classes for home-schooled students taught by volunteer parents.

“We saw this need to create a co-op that was inclusive. We are all-inclusive in accepting all religions and also all home-schooling styles,” said Nitzsche of the Community Co-op for Near West Homeschoolers ( She home-schools two of her three children. Read more…

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