(Idaho Freedom Foundation) Many parents objected to public school mask mandates and poor virtual learning environments during the pandemic, according to new data suggesting homeschooling is on the rise in Idaho — and the nation.
New data from the United States Census Bureau shows that 11.1% of K-12 students across America are now being privately homeschooled. That’s nearly double the only 5.4% at the start of school shutdowns last spring and 3.3% in years preceding the pandemic.
Homeschooling in the Gem State went from 8% in the spring of 2020 to 10.3% by the fall, a 28.8% increase.
In its Household Pulse Survey, the Census Bureau counted homeschoolers as students whose parents had officially removed them from or never enrolled them in a public school. This distinguishes independent homeschoolers from home-based students enrolled in virtual learning programs. (Read More)