Inquiries to the Texas Home School Coalition have tripled since last year.
As several school districts in North Texas set new records for COVID-19 case count figures, the number of parents looking for alternative education options rises.
“Last year, we were virtual for the first half of the year because I believed it would be the safest, and when I look back at how much safer it was then…I say, ‘this is a bad mistake!’” said Marti Shaver, a Keller ISD parent.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Keller ISD’s COVID-19 dashboard showed nearly 1,000 active cases.
Even though the number is self-reported, parents are concerned that the statistics may be erroneous, with numbers even higher.
It is for this reason that Tim Lambert, President of the Texas Home School Coalition, believes more parents are turning to alternative education.
“Basically, a lot of folks are saying that if it hadn’t been for all of these uncertainties, we would never have homeschooled,” Lambert said.
Homeschooling is becoming increasingly popular across the state.
According to census bureau data, only 4.5 percent of Texas pupils were homeschooled at the end of the previous school year.
Last October, that figure had risen to 12.3 percent.
According to the Texas Home School Coalition, a record 20% of pupils may be homeschooled this autumn.
Lambert described the situation as “unprecedented.”
They claim that queries regarding homeschooling have tripled since last summer, with many of those questions coming from the state’s most populous areas, including North Texas.
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