Dip in number of Colorado home-schoolers may be linked to surge in online enrollment
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For JD Elvrum and his family, public school had too many strikes against it.
“His first three years of school were marred by teachers’ strikes,” in his Pennsylvania school district, said JD’s mom, Tillie Elvrum. Add to that a slight learning disability and many moves as a result of his father’s career — in the Air Force and later in the private sector — and the bottom line was brick-and-mortar schools weren’t going to work.
So, like thousands of parents across the country, Tillie Elvrum looked into home schooling.
What she found scared her. “I wasn’t a teacher, and this is my kid’s education. It’s my No. 1 priority, and I didn’t want to screw it up.”
That’s how JD, now a Colorado Connections Academy eighth-grader, joined one of the fastest-growing student categories: online scholar.
As the number of online students grows, state data indicate the number of home-schooled students is dropping, and some parents and educators see a link between the two.
The number of Colorado students enrolled in online programs jumped
Read more: Dip in number of Colorado home-schoolers may be linked to surge in online enrollment http://www.denverpost.com/ci_18101734#ixzz1MthwxTeO,Karen Augé