By Simon Black, Sovereign Man Pennsylvania is among the most restrictive states when it comes to the freedom to homeschool your children. The state requires that parents teach their children state-mandated subjects for 180 days per year, for at least 900 hours. Tests must be administered, and the district must assess the child at the end of each school year. Immunizations … [Read more...] about The Best And Worst States For Homeschool Freedom
By Kerry McDonald September feels a lot different this year, as the usual back-to-school buzz is tainted with uncertainty. Many schools have reopened for in-person learning with social distancing stipulations, although most larger, urban school districts remain remote-only for the foreseeable future. Some schools opened then quickly closed. Pandemic pods continue to … [Read more...] about Back-To-School 2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By Kerry McDonald Results of a new Gallup poll released this week may give us the sharpest look yet at how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American education and what may lie ahead. According to the poll, parents’ overall satisfaction with their child’s education dropped 10 percent over last year, while at the same time the number of parents saying they will choose … [Read more...] about Gallup Poll: Homeschooling Rate Doubles as School Satisfaction Plummets
By Daniel J. Mitchell The coronavirus has been horrible news, most obviously because of death and suffering. But the disease has also wreaked havoc with the economy and given politicians an excuse to push counterproductive policies. But if you want to find a silver lining to that dark cloud, the virus may be putting pressure on America’s government school monopoly. For … [Read more...] about Could COVID-19 End the Government Monopoly on Education?
By Kerry McDonald Next month marks the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year in several US states, and pressure is mounting to reopen schools even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Florida, for example, is now considered the nation’s No. 1 hot spot for the virus; yet on Monday, the state’s education commissioner issued an executive order mandating that all Florida … [Read more...] about Back to School? “No Thanks” Say Millions of New Homeschooling Parents