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PUBLIC EDUCATION VERSUS HOME SCHOOLING

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As states continue to cut public education budgets and kids fail to graduate from high school, many parents are looking towards home schooling as a viable option to bridge the learning gap.

In 2007, the number of homeschooled students was about 1.5 million, an increase from 850,000 in 1999 and 1.1 million in 2003. The percentage of the school-age population that was homeschooled increased from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 2.9 percent in 2007.

The increase in the percentage of homeschooled students from 1999 to 2007 represents a 74 percent relative increase over the 8-year period and a 36 percent relative increase since 2003.

In 2007, the majority of homeschooled students received all of their education at home (84 percent), but some attended school up to 25 hours per week. Eleven percent of homeschooled students were enrolled in school less than 9 hours per week, and 5 percent were enrolled between 9 and 25 hours per week.

Is home schooling the answer to what ails public education?

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=91

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