According to The Hill, a recent Census Bureau report shows an increase in home schooling since the start of the coronavirus pandemic:

“Before the pandemic, only 5.4 percent of households reported home-schooling children. During the pandemic, that number jumped to 11.1 percent.”

The Census Bureau’s report shows the percentage of households home schooling in Arkansas jumped from 6.8% in spring of 2020 to 10.3% by last fall.

That means as many as one in ten families in Arkansas home schooled their children during the 2020-2021 school year.

This year almost 30,000 Arkansas students — 29,880 according to Arkansas Department of Education — are enrolled in home schooling.

That’s a six-fold increase since Family Council launched the Education Alliance in 1998 and an 8,000 student increase since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For 23 years the Education Alliance has supported home schooling in Arkansas, because it gives families the flexibility to provide the education that’s right for their children.

It’s good to see more families taking advantage of this excellent opportunity.