More blacks turn to home schooling

Thousands of black children across the Miami Valley will head to school this month. Matthew and Micah Cross will stay home.

The brothers � 13 and 10 years old � will get lessons in botany and biology on their family’s 5-acre farm in Xenia. It is part of their home-schooling curriculum, said their adopted mother, Jacqueline, who, along with her husband, Michael Cross, began teaching their children 20 years ago.

The Crosses are not alone. In the past six years, the number of black children studying at home instead of in a traditional public or private school has reached as many as 105,000, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. Read more…

North Carolina’s Home schooling slows Growth down, but option still popular

North Carolina’s runaway growth in home schools slowed this past school year, but their popularity siphoned away more students from Wake County and other public school districts.

In the 2002-03 school year, there were 26,422 registered home schools across the state, an increase of 2,513 from 2001-02, according to figures released Friday by the state Division of Non- Public Education. The 10.5 percent increase was the lowest gain since home schools were legalized in 1985. Read more…

Public funding launches virtual school for Florida’s K-8

Public school parents who have entertained notions of homeschooling will have a publicly funded opportunity beginning Sept. 2.

The Florida Department of Education on Friday awarded $4.8-million in contracts to K12 Inc. and Connections Academy, two private companies that are supposed to provide home-based, computer-aided public education for as many as 1,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Under the terms of the contracts, participating families will receive computers, software, subsidized Internet access and complete curriculum packages aligned with the state’s educational standards. Read more…

Do Idaho home-schoolers need regulations?

Do regulations need to be put in place for Idaho home-schoolers? It’s a question the Governor’s Education Task Force has been looking at for the past two months. As Jessica Sanchez tells us, the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators says home-schooling has a proven track record of academic success and has earned the right to be left alone. Read more…

Back to (home) school: Resources expand for parents wishing to educate their children

For a growing group of children in southern Denton County, the start of a new school year has an unusual twist.

There are no class lists or bus rides, teacher’s pets or playground bullies. And class takes place in their own living rooms.

These children are home-schooled, and in recent years, their numbers have swelled in North Texas.

With 2 million students home-schooled nationwide and 100,000 in Texas, this is not a fringe population. Families are exiting the public-school system for specific reasons. Read more…

Transition smooth from home school to college

Walking around Kirkwood Community College you will notice more than just “traditional” and “non-traditional” students. Among the thousands will be young men and women who have never experienced a public school system.

Kirkwood appears to be a growing hub for home-schooled students in eastern Iowa.

For example, Kaleb Cargin of the Cedar Rapids area, age 18, was home-schooled and already has two associate degrees, now working on his third. He earned his first Kirkwood diploma at 17. Read more…

Home-schoolers prepare for school year

Like thousands of other Palm Beach County parents, Kim Bouchillon is readying for the new school year, trekking to the drugstore for notebooks and pencils and reviewing her children’s schedule.

But Bouchillon’s four children — Kaitlyn, Daniel, Matthew and Jameson — won’t be going anywhere near a classroom next month. Instead, they’ll hunker down in their Lake Worth home for another year of home schooling.

How does a parent prepare her children for the start of the school year when they aren’t going back to school?Read more…

Utah school district to test home-school program

Here’s a twist: A Utah school district is ready to test a program to help parents who want to home-school their kids. And the Davis School District pilot project is attracting so much interest that it might not have enough spots to meet the demand.

��� More than 50 parents showed up Wednesday for the first of four informational meetings about Davis School District’s Homeschool Outreach Program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The district plans the pilot program this fall for just 20 students, a group small enough to manage and fund in case kinks surface. Read more…

Homeschooled teen wins gold at math olympiad

It’s official: Anders Kaseorg of Charlotte has a world-class mathematical mind.

Kaseorg, a 17-year-old home-schooled student, earned a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Tokyo. Medals will be awarded today.

His parents, Vicky and Arvo Kaseorg, recognized their oldest child’s unusual intellect when he was a tot. Read more…

Director, 16, inherits passion for theater

NOELLE ARMS is the poster child for the benefits of homeschooling — and also the cursed example for kids everywhere lazing away their summers in front of the tube.

At 16, the Pittsburg native has already directed and written several plays, including her adaptation “Snow White and the Seven Dorks,” which played last year at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts’ tiny Knight theater, not to mention the countless productions she’s been involved with at Pittsburg Community Theatre. Read more…

How Do “Non-Gifted” Parents Teach Gifted Children?

Home educating a gifted child is not an easy task. Kathi Kearney joins Mike Smith this week to discuss the “ins and outs” of homeschooling gifted children on Home School Heartbeat. Read more…

FORUM: The State of Home Schooling

The 2003 Southeast Homeschool & Educational Expo, going on today and Saturday at the Cobb Galleria, offers home-schooling parents a place to buy materials, hear from experts at some 70 seminars — and visit with each other. “At perhaps no other time do home-schooling families feel a need to rejuvenate than those weeks before beginning a new school year,” says the expo’s Web site.

We want to know your thoughts on the growing popularity of home schooling. Have you tried it? If not, why not? In what direction is it going? What need does it fulfill? Read more…

Homeschool mom makes butter in clothes dryer

Yes, Lisa Overcash knows it sounds a little strange to say you make butter in your dryer. Maybe that’s why she had been at it for four years before telling her neighbor and good friend Diane Fox that she was using her dryer as a churn.

“It’s creamier than whipped butter, and the salt level is just perfect,” Fox says of the homemade butter, but she adds that she won’t be trying the process herself. “It’s a lot of trouble.” Read more…

Madison, S. Dakota board works on home school policy requiring public school enrollment

Sweet Madison Central School District’s superintendent is recommending that the school board allow home-schooled students to participate in interscholastic activities, but with some kind of enrollment requirement.

The 2003 Legislature gave districts the power to set their own policies on whether to permit home-schooled students in district activities. The change went into effect July 1.

Yankton, Vermillion and Sioux Falls have decided against permitting home-school students to take part in activities while Huron, Brandon Valley and Sturgis have approved the idea. Read more…

South Dakota Districts figuring out whether to open activities to home schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota school boards are coming up with different answers on whether home-schooled students can join public school activities.

But if enough districts refuse participation, some lawmakers and educators say the Legislature may look to force the issue with a state law.

“This has really been an issue that we’ve dealt with for a few years now, and I don’t think it’s going to go away,” said Rep. Bill Peterson, R-Sioux Falls. “We may have to toughen it up. I’d like to see how this plays out this summer with the rest of the school districts.”

The 2003 Legislature gave districts the power to set their own policies on whether to permit home-schooled students in district activities. The change went into effect July 1. Read more…

Government Behaviour Makes the Case for Homeschooling

Governments at all levels develop policies that are intended to meet short-term objectives, but accomplish the opposite in the long term. Such is the case with the growing discontent being shown toward state-run school systems in several nations. Almost every government on earth administers a school system. Some governments do allow elite and regulated private schools to operate, while most do not. The discontent with state-run public school systems may be traced to developments occurring in nations like the United Kingdom and the United States.�Read more…

Florida’s Public E-School

The State Department of Education is in the process of selecting a vendor to supply the curriculum for Florida’s first state-wide public on-line school. One of those private out-of-state companies is already making visits to our area and accepting applications.

Florida will use state tax dollars and resources to offer the home school environment to children who used to attend public school. So when school bells ring next month, some elementary and middle schoolers from our area will hear a computer dial-up instead. Read more…

Family picks up and leaves on a year-long journey around the country

The back of the Ball’s family Jeep tells the story. “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”

These words, which come from influential American environmentalist John Muir, sum up a planned year-long trip John and Shelly Ball are about to embark on with their two children. The family is leaving their Zionsville Timber Ridge home and John’s comfortable career with an Indianapolis heart research company behind.

Calling the planned journey, which will take the family of four all around the country in a 30-foot Winnebago, “a once in a lifetime journey,” John and Shelly said this is the only time in their lives that this would be possible. The family plans to start their journey next week when they go to a family reunion in Michigan; and from there it is anybody’s guess, but tentative plans call for a spot along the Maine coastline. Read more…

Homeschooler Named Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

On May 19, 2003, eighteen top young entrepreneurs were honored at National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Tenth Annual Salute to the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Dinner in New York City. The young entrepreneurs are all graduates of NFTE, an international nonprofit organization that teaches entrepreneurship to young people so they can become economically productive members of society. Each of the students received a cash prize ranging from $750-1000 for their start-up businesses or college education.

One of those winners was Jason Heki, a seventeen year old homeschooler from Iowa. Jason established Green Acres Family Farm, which sells free range eggs to local restaurants. Jason is also writing a book on entrepreneurship as well diversifying into chemical free vegetables. Read more…

Court: DSS may not force interviews

RALEIGH � The N.C. Supreme Court has weighed in on the long legal battle of James and Mary Ann Stumbo.

The state�s highest court ruled Wednesday that Cleveland County Department of Social Services didn�t have enough information to trigger a neglect investigation of the Stumbos� 2-year-old daughter, who was seen outside their home on the morning of Sept. 9, 1999. An anonymous caller told DSS that the youngster was seen running around naked in the driveway.

�A single report of a naked, unsupervised 2-year-old in the driveway of her home does not trigger the investigative requirements of state law,� Justice Robert Orr wrote for the court�s majority. Read more…