- More in Texas choose home schooling
- The Associated Press
- Updated: 7:59 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 Published: 6:21 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
- The number of students being home-schooled in Texas is on the rise, with some 300,000 children staying home as the school term started Monday.
- According to the Texas Home School Coalition, the number of Texans opting to home school has grown about 20 percent to an estimated 120,000 families and 300,000 children in the past five years, the Houston Chronicle reported.
- The National Center for Education Statistics reports that families primarily opted to home school because they wanted to provide religious or moral lessons to their children. Parental concerns about safety, peer pressure and the academic instruction at traditional schools were other reasons cited.
- In Texas, parents who wish to home school are not required to register with any agency or to get their curriculum approved. Legal rulings have upheld that parents simply are supposed to have a curriculum that teaches reading, spelling, grammar, math and good citizenship.
- Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com___August 23, 2010 08:59 AM EDT
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