School schedules are all over the place. More families are opting for homeschooling. | Momaha

This year, the program has 12 children enrolled on-site for support with homeschooling, at a cost of $65 a student a week for half-day sessions, Aggie said. In the past, cyber charter students have filled those slots.

Previously, parents hadn’t expressed much interest in homeschooling, she said. “Now it’s like the school system has changed,” she said. “We are moving into a different norm.”

Homeschoolers made up 1.4% of public school enrollment in Pennsylvania in 2018-19, numbering about 25,000 kids. Families opting to homeschool must submit affidavits to their school districts. New Jersey has no such requirement.

Advocates consider Pennsylvania among the most highly regulated states for homeschoolers, with state-mandated subjects, standardized test requirements, and rules that parents have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Parents must have their children assessed by a certified homeschool evaluator each year. New Jersey’s requirements are looser.

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‘I never planned on homeschooling my kids:’ Milwaukee parents balance virtual schooling with full time jobs



a group of people standing in front of a store: Mikai Greer does virtual school with help from his brother, Kobe Matthews and his father, Sergio Greer.


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Mikai Greer does virtual school with help from his brother, Kobe Matthews and his father, Sergio Greer.

As pandemic parenting wears on, we’re taking on new roles we never planned on.

I never considered myself to be especially knowledgeable in public health, yet I now find myself keeping track of who my children’s close contacts are, and explaining to my daughters the difference between quarantine and isolation as I make sure they have a clean face mask as well as a backup every day before school.

Milwaukee mom Mia Greer and her husband, Sergio, never planned to be — nor wanted to be — homeschooling parents, but that’s how they would describe themselves these days. Greer works first shift, her husband works third shift, and between their work schedules, they balance the virtual schooling of their first grader, fifth grader and eighth grader.

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Homeschooling: Coronavirus fears drive rise in unconventional approach

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  • Homeschooling is on the rise in the UK as uncertainties around the reopening of schools has left some parents feeling like they need to take matters into their own hands.
  • A recent poll found that 30% of UK parents were not planning to send their children back to school, of which 91% said they would continue with homeschooling for the foreseeable future.
  • Reasons for homeschooling vary, whether its fears that schools aren’t opening or because children find it easier to work from home.
  • Professional tutoring and homeschooling groups have also seen a rise in interest, with one group telling Business Insider that there’s been a “surge in demand” since March that has continued into September.
  • But while there’s an uptick in homeschooling interest, there is little guidance and support from the government.
  • Parents often feel anxious about the responsibilities of teaching their children.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
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