Lack of home-schooling oversight baffles some

PEORIA – Eleven-year-old Ashley Sharp spends her weekdays baby-sitting her 8-year-old brother and a few other young cousins.

She fixes lunch for herself and a 2-year-old cousin, she said; instant soup for her, Cocoa Puffs for the toddler. The other kids are on their own, she said during an interview while her dad, James Sharp, was present.

Ashley also changes diapers, washes dishes, does the laundry and folds it between selecting the Disney videos that keep the kids occupied, she said. She even settles their arguments, which sometimes turn into fights. Read more…

NCAA Eliminates Waiver Process for Homeschoolers

Good news for homeschoolers who want to receive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scholarships and participate in college sports! Homeschoolers have finally been recognized as high school graduates by the NCAA. Homeschool students no longer have to go through the ‘waiver process,’ but can now register in the same manner as ‘traditionally schooled’ graduates. Read more…

Many Parents Turn To Homeschooling For Kids

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thousands of students in the Triangle are bracing for another year of changing schools and it’s not by choice. Most are caught in the reassignment shuffle.

Parents Turn To Home Schooling NBC 17’s Renee McCoy found that some disgruntled parents have turned to homeschooling as a way to ensure their children get the kind of education they want. Read more…

Homeschooling Option Expensive For Families

RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 50,000 North Carolina children are homeschooled. The growing popularity of teaching at home has brought more options for parents, but the options also come with a hefty price tag.

Jim Harris runs a homeschool resources store in Wake County. He talks to parents from all walks of life who are in search of books, tapes, curriculum and materials to teach their children at home.

Harris knows what it takes because his daughter was homeschooled since second grade. She is now 21.

‘She has something like a 3.3 GPA. She’s a Russian major at Carolina,’ Harris said.

Harris knows about the cost of homeschooling from both sides of the spectrum.

‘You could spend up to $100 per subject, even higher depending on how good a resource you really wanted,’ Harris said. ‘If you wanted, you could spend $300 to $400 per subject.’ Read more…

Mississippi: Educators, parents divided on need for home-school legislation

HERNANDO � Educators and parents of home school students in DeSoto County share similar views of a bill in the state Legislature which would give students the option of dual enrollment in public schools.

Other home school parents disagree, however, that allowing dual enrollment would be a bad thing. Some contend it would allow their children the opportunity to belong to the school district�s chess teams, bands and other organizations.

Sen. Alan Nunelee, R-Tupelo, has filed a bill requiring all public schools to give home-school parents the option of dual enrollment, which is aimed at opening up school facilities not accessible to students who are not enrolled in that public school district. Read more…

Mississippi bill seeks public-school option for home-schooled students

Joseph Crampton of Tupelo is home schooled, but he used to go to the public middle school an hour a day to play in the band.

Now, the 16-year-old trumpeter takes solo lessons.

The Tupelo High School band director won’t let Joseph be in the band because the group takes part in competitions and only full-time students can compete, said his mother, Shelley Crampton.

‘It broke his heart,’ Shelley Crampton said of her son.

She said Tupelo Middle School had the same rules about competition, but the band director there made an exception to let Joseph hone his musical skills.

Hoping to help families such as the Cramptons, Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, has filed a bill that would require all public schools to give home-schooled students the option of ‘dual enrollment.’ Read more…

Home-school students show science smarts

Science fair judges Phil Kugzruk and Dave Sinkey gave 3-year-old Katie Johnson the third-degree about her dog, Bumpy, Saturday.

The preschooler with wide eyes and curly blond hair nervously tugged on her dark purple dress while Kugzruk and Sinkey unloaded a steady stream of questions about her entry in the Home School Science Fair, held at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at Pioneer Park Saturday. Read more…

Teaching at home ‘a way of life’

ASHLAND — Sidney Thompson starts the kids off with math because their minds are freshest when they first wake.

She and her three children gather each morning around the kitchen table while the light outside their window is a purple-grey. An old paperback copy of “The Hobbit” lays open and face down on the communal desk, along with a book about dinosaurs and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

The table’s centerpiece is a plastic container of pencils, colored pencils and markers. It is now 8:30 a.m. and school has begun. Read more…

HERSHEYPARK Homeschool Day Survey

HERSHEYPARK is planning on hosting a Homeschool Day this coming season. This is a great theme park and it would be even better to be there with like-minded homeschoolers. Take their survey. Read more…

Virginia Easing Homeschool Teacher Qualifications

A bill that would make it easier for you to teach your children at home, has already passed the House of Delegates. It would give parents the ability to home school with just a high school degree instead of a college degree.

Laurie McCauley, Homeschool Teacher – “You’ve got a test in two days on that language stuff.”

Laurie McCauley is in her 12th year homeschooling her children. She has two out of five left. McCauley has a bachelor�s degree, but supports lawmakers who want to do away with it as a qualification to teach her kids.

McCauley – “The main qualifier for a parent to home school is to be committed to the education of their children. Frankly what you need to be is one day ahead of your child at all times.” Read more…

Home schooling on the rise

It is 9 a.m. A board on an easel sits before attentive children seated with books open in front of them and a lesson begins.

But, this is not a typical classroom and this is no typical class.

There are four children whose ages range from one to 10, and the teacher is their mother, Sonya Burandt.

Burandt is one of many others in the Oxford area and across the nation who chooses to educate her children at home. Read more…

Parent appeals to school board for home-schooled son

CHAPEL HILL — After learning that district officials believe her son is ineligible to play on McDougle Middle School’s baseball team, a home-schooling parent plans to plead with the school board tonight — for the second time — to consider the idea.

“They didn’t give us any reasons or concerns why it would be harmful to change the policy,” said parent Inger Evans. “They simply pulled out and cited the rules.”

Evans asked the school board last month if her 13-year-old son, Karsten Rabe, could try out for the McDougle baseball team. Evans had asked coaches in the school’s athletic department, but they told her to go to the school board. Read more…

This home team is always on the road

LEAH coach Jennifer Briggs, right, talks to her players during a game against Charles Finney.

Amy Siena grew up loving basketball, but until her freshman year of high school, there was nowhere for her to play.

That’s because she is a home-school student.

In New York State, home-school students are prohibited from playing interscholastic sports. Fortunately for Siena and other home-schoolers, she was part of the start of a team called LEAH. LEAH stands for Loving Education At Home, a statewide home school education organization that helps home school families network with each other. Read more…

Virginia House eases home-school rules

RICHMOND � The House yesterday passed legislation relaxing the academic qualifications required of parents who teach their children at home.

Delegate Rob B. Bell III’s bill would require parents to have only a high school diploma to home-school their children. Read more…

Letter: Home Schooling Isn’t Easy

I’d like to tell you about the homeschooling law.

In Pennsylvania we have a ton of stuff to do in order to be able to be homeschooled.

We have to do objectives that get turned in at the beginning of the year (that’s where we list every subject and what we will do).

We have to do an affidavit (that’s a promise that we won’t break the law). Read more…

N. J. Parents Of Home Schooled Children On Defensive Following Proposed Bill

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — Parents of children who learn at home say they want to show that home-schooling is a valuable education option and not a suspicious behavior that requires state regulation.

The move comes after a bill was introduced last month that would require all home-schooled children to take the annual state tests in a public school and to provide annual proof of a medical exam. Read more…

Panel pulls plug on Arkansas home schooling program

LITTLE ROCK – Upset parents promised a lawsuit Friday after lawmakers pulled the plug on a charter school that would have allowed students to learn from home through the Internet.

Concerned about its potential drain on the education budget, the legislative Joint Budget Committee voted 36-12 to make the Arkansas Virtual Academy ineligible to be an open-enrollment charter school.

The Senate later Friday approved the change to the charter school law, which is part of the public school fund appropriation, and approval is also expected in the House.

Under the amended law, a charter school will have to exist in a traditional school setting. Read more…

Home-Schoolers Go the Distance

WESTERLY – Nancy deRochambeau home-taught her now 20-year-old son Alexi and now teaches her grandson, Dustin, 12. On a recent visit to the deRochambeau farm in Dunn’s Corners, the seventh-grader was busy working on a mathematics program at his computer. The boy could not be distracted from his work.

‘He’s a very focused person. He knows just who he is, what he can do,’ said deRochambeau, 56. ‘And sometimes he pushes himself to see just what he can do.’ Indeed, the boy recently created a small business dyeing wool on the family farm and wrote – with his grandparents – a business plan.

Dustin is not unlike many home-schooled children who are taught at home rather than in an institutional settling, advocates say: smart and disciplined in their approach to learning. In Westerly and surrounding communities, there are scores of children sitting at their kitchen tables reading, writing and studying. Read more…

Number of Home-Schoolers Unclear

WESTERLY – According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are about 850,000 children being schooled at home in America. But national education statisticians put the number at upwards of 1.1 million, nearly 2 percent of all U.S. students.

Even locally, it is unclear just what the exact numbers are. According to Westerly Schools Superintendent Scott Kizner, the school department is aware of only 11 children in the district who are being home schooled, with the permission of Kizner, the School Committee and the state Department of Education. Read more…

Home schooling wins converts

WARREN � Meredith Langlois doesn�t have to worry about school cancellations for bad weather or having a poor substitute teacher.

She begins her school day by making her way to the basement, grabbing her math book and sitting down at her own desk. Taking a glance around the room, she spots her two brothers and sister doing the same thing.

�I get to do my schoolwork at my own pace,� Meredith said. �If I have a math lesson that is easy for me, I go quicker. If it is hard, I spend more time on it.�

Meredith, 14, of Warren is one of the growing number of students who are home schooled. Read more…