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    Stateside: Flooding cleanup in Dearborn; Black families homeschooling; retired FBI agent’s new book

    Stateside for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Today on Stateside, we speak with Dearborn’s State Representative on the needed infrastructure investments to deal with Michigan’s on-going floods. Next up, a year of homeschooling and self-determination for Black families as they make their decisions to keep their children homeschooled or prepare them for traditional school. Lastly, after 30 years of Federal law enforcement, retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal has come out with a book on famous Michigan cases. Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. [Get Stateside on your phone: subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts today.] State Rep. Hammoud talks flood damage in Dearborn and needed…

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    These Alabama families switched to home school during COVID. They say they won’t go back.

    To learn more about The Alabama Education Lab and receive notifications about stories and events, sign up for its newsletter, Ed Chat. See past stories here. In 2020, Ophelia Talley was suddenly handed the opportunity, as she saw it, to homeschool her son, Noah. “I had wanted to homeschool, and then COVID happened, and I was just like, well, we’re trying it!” said the mom of two, who had previously sent her older son to kindergarten class in Huntsville. Thousands of families learned at home during the pandemic. But while many returned to traditional classroom settings when schools reopened, a record number of families — and a record number of…

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    Homeschooled Bastrop County teen headed to Air Force Academy

    A Bastrop County teenager will soon join the ranks of the select few accepted into a U.S. military academy with future plans to serve the country. Lake Mills, an 18-year old who lives near Paige, will report June 24 to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was 12 years old. Mills, who’s been homeschooled primarily by his mother Julie Mills, said he was always drawn to the military because military values aligned with his personal values. He had grandparents who served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and in September 2016 when he was 14, Mills joined the…

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    Some families want to stick with homeschooling post-pandemic

    It’s never a dull moment in the Zotta household. “We do maintain somewhat of a structure. The goal is to get to the table at 9 a.m.,” said Liliya Zotta, a mom of six. The Utica family has turned their dining room table — really, their whole home — into a classroom. While also doing some virtual learning with tutors, Zotta and her husband Tim have become the teachers and the principals. “In a public school setting, there’s so much time not used for education,” said Tim Zotta. “You can get so much more done at home during the day and cut out all the extra flack.” What You Need…

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    Households turn to homeschooling during and after pandemic | News

    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The number of households turning to independent homeschooling jumped significantly during the pandemic. Like most parents, Allison Maltby had to face virtual learning at the very beginning of the pandemic. “At the beginning of the summer we didn’t know what was going to happen with the schools,” said Maltby. But Maltby heard about a teacher in her community who started up the Daisy Homeschool Co-op. Shortly after, she decided to let her son join them. “They did everything they were doing in regular schools. He was with second graders as well and he is a first-grader. So, it was a good experience for him,” Maltby stated.…

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    Stress management: six lessons parents can take from pandemic homeschooling

    While based on international data, the below article by The Conversation remains relevant to local readers.  Now that children in the UK are back to school, parents have the opportunity to reflect on what can be learned from lockdown homeschooling. Or as some rightly took to calling it, crisis schooling. New research we have conducted examines parents’ experiences of homeschooling – and what made their stress better or worse – during the first lockdown in England. A total of 323 parents completed a quantitative online survey between May 1 and July 24 2020. We found that although most parents reported feeling stressed, some had used effective coping mechanisms, which improved their…

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    The Homeschool Loft provides resources for parents who are new to homeschooling

    DE PERE (NBC 26) — School’s out for summer, but many moms and dads still have education on their minds. With districts announcing mask policies for next year, and data showing homeschool has grown in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic started, some parents are considering the option. “If there’s ever been such a time for such a thing, it’s now,” said Jenny Tetzner. “Since the pandemic, it has exploded. Parents are really questioning, do they want their kids to sit behind a computer screen all day, or do they want to have on-and-off school?“ For a parent who’s never homeschooled a child before, it can be challenging to figure out…

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