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Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 2003 - This report examines trends that focus on the use of and users of public schools (assigned and chosen), private schools and homeschoolers between 1993 and 2003. The report also presents data on parental perceptions of public school choice availability and associations between the public and private school types children were enrolled in and parental satisfaction with and involvement in the schools. (Peter Tice, Christopher Chapman, Daniel Princiotta, and Stacey Bielick, National Center for Education Statistics, November 2006) ...

Homeschooling in the United States: 2003 - This report represents the latest survey information from the National Center for Education Statistics on the prevalence of homeschooling in the United States. It reports on the race and ethnicity, income level and educational attainment of students’ parents; compares the characteristics of homeschoolers to those of public and private schooled students; examines how homeschooling rates have changed between 1999 and 2003 for different segments of the student population; and describes parents’ primary reasons for homeschooling their children, as well as the resources and curricular tools homeschooled students use in their education. (Daniel Princiotta, Stacey Bielick and Christopher Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics, February 2006)...

Cyber and Home School Charter Schools: How States are Defining New Forms of Public Schooling - This paper examines how cyber and homeschooling charter school models are emerging within the larger public school and charter school communities, with particular attention to recent developments in California and Pennsylvania. In these two states public scrutiny of cyber and homeschooling charter schools has led to considerable debate and demands for public accountability. Of particular concern is the need to modify the regulatory framework to accommodate cyber and homeschooling charter schools as well as consideration of the differing financial allocations that are appropriate for schools that operate with reduced personnel and facilities and the division of financial responsibility between state and local educational agencies. (Luis A. Huerta and María-Fernanda González, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, 2004) ...

Home-Schooling in the US - Beginning with the questions, “Who are homeschoolers—both child and parent?” and “Why have they chosen to homeschool?”, the author goes on to evaluate homeschooling through the criteria of freedom of choice, efficiency, equity and social cohesion. The author finds: (1) that the desire for choice cannot be the unique determining factor in a family’s decision to homeschool; (2) it is difficult to ascertain the effectiveness of homeschooling in and of itself given that the majority of homeschooled students come from families with “above-median resources” from which one might expect above-average academic achievement; and (3) the “efficiency” of homeschooling varies depending on whether efficiency is examined from the perspective of the family or the state. He identifies regulations, finance and support services as three state policy areas which must be weighed when designing policies affecting homeschooled students, and suggests future trends or considerations in homeschooling. (Clive R. Belfield, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, January 2004)...

Support for Home-Based Education: Pioneering Partnerships Between Public Schools and Families Who Instruct Their Children at Home - This book reports on the practices of states and school districts experimenting with partnerships between homeschooling families and public educators. The author provides a chapter on state-level policy considerations. Recommendations include enacting legislation requiring districts to extend services requested by families and developing well-designed studies of the efficiency and academic effectiveness of these programs. This book can be purchased on the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Web site. (Patricia M. Lines, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 2003)...

School Choice -- Home Schooling - This report provides an overview of the prevalence of homeschooling, public opinion about homeschooling and legal options for homeschooling. It also reviews homeschoolers' academic performance and social development, homeschool/public school partnerships, the relationship between homeschooling and distance education and home schoolers' attendance in college.(Margaret Hadderman, Educational Resources Information Center, 2000)...

The New Counterculture - This article explores the history and social traditions of the homeschooling movement and reviews Mitchell L. Stevens’ new book, Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement. (Margaret Talbot, The Atlantic Monthly, November 2001)...

Homeschooling in the United States: 1999 MS Word - In the spring of 1999, an estimated 850,000 students nationwide were being homeschooled. This report, based on data from the Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey Program, 1999, contains information about the characteristics of homeschooled children and their families, parent's reasons for homeschooling, and public school support for homeschoolers. (Stacey Bielick, Kathryn Chandler and Stephen Broughman, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2001)...

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