Parents and students increasingly flee the government “schools”
As governments everywhere have made public schools intolerable, parents have taken their children and fled. Across the nation, 28 out of 50 states had an increase in homeschooling in the Fall of 2020.
Florida registered a 13.1% increase. Massachusetts had a 10.6%. In North Carolina, notices of intent to homeschool tripled during the enrollment period. In Wisconsin, they nearly doubled.
In the first week (April 23-May 5) of Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling .
By fall, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (Sept. 30-Oct. 12). A clarification was added to the school enrollment question to make sure households were reporting true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school.
That change represents an increase of 5.6 percentage points and a doubling of U.S. households that were homeschooling at the start of the 2020-2021 school year compared to the prior year.