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    Families that switched to home school say they won’t go back

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. 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 Black families, like the Talleys — opted out of school systems altogether. “I’m seeing and hearing about lots of new families,” said Cheryl Fields-Smith,…

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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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    Several families have switched to homeschooling as a result of the pandemic – The Stanly News & Press

    Anne Lowder’s two kids began the school year last August enrolled in the public school system, just like thousands of others across the county. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the school year began well, the Millingport-area resident said, but quickly became stressful. After about the first month, the workload for her oldest daughter Callie, a second-grader at Oakboro Choice STEM School, mounted. Even with a teacher adept with technology and who tried working with each child, “the nature of public school was limited on how individualized she could get,” Lowder said. Callie would start her school day before 9 a.m. and often not finish until at least 6 p.m., if not…

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    New Survey Reveals Parents Who Switched to Homeschooling in Pandemic are Happy with Decision

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Time4Learning, a national homeschool curriculum, today released key findings of a national study measuring perceptions of homeschooling parents against those of the general population. The survey found that families who opted to homeschool amid the pandemic had a more favorable attitude towards online learning, with 79 percent sharing their intention to continue using online resources as supplemental education to in-person learning following a return to the classroom. The nationwide survey by Hanover Research was conducted over two weeks, from November 16 to November 30, on behalf of Time4Learning among a cross section of families. Distributed via email, the survey compared 500 responses from the…

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    Peel District School Board delays start of online school after thousands of students switched to virtual learning

    Peel District School Board is delaying the start of its online school after thousands of students switched from in-person classes to virtual learning. In a letter sent to families on Saturday, the school board said over 64,000 students are now enrolled in its online school, an increase of 10,000 in the last week. “Due to this recent increase in online enrolment, we require additional time to staff online classes and reconfigure timetables to ensure an equitable and successful start for all staff and students online,” the letter reads. Students enrolled in the PDSB Online School were supposed to connect with their teachers on Sept. 11, and classes were scheduled to…

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    More Billings students switched to homeschooling during COVID-19 pandemic | Local News

    Support Local Journalism Your membership makes our reporting possible. {{featured_button_text}} Billings officials said enrollment stood at about about 16,600 students at the September school board meeting. The count isn’t finalized yet, but it would be a decrease of about 400 students from expectations for this school year.  That could cost Billings a few hundred thousand dollars compared to the planned budget. Schools received two extra pots of COVID-19 relief money, but it can’t be used as straight budget backfill.  The district is already battling a K-8 structural budget deficit; cuts last year and the passage of an elementary general fund levy helped get budget projections in line for this school…

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