Tuesday, May 11, 2010

They're getting suspicious

Due to an increase in the number of homeschoolers in Texas, experts are getting suspicious about who is really homeschooling.
Texas' lax documentation and hands-off practices make it impossible to know how many of these students are actually being taught at home. It also opens the door to abuse of the designation, which could help school districts avoid the sanctions that come with high dropout rates, experts said.

I've seen the similar dropout arguments made by legislators and educators in Michigan as well as in other states with "lax" regulation on homeschooling. But no matter what the claim or who's to blame, the proposed solution is always the same and results in increasing regulation or scrutiny of all homeschoolers.

Homeschoolers in every state should watch their own state's news headlines and thwart every attempt to equate homeschooling with the term dropout.

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