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    IT’S OUR FAULT Kentucky private school enrollments are up and the edu-crats are worried. There are some interesting HS quotes in here:

    Madison County Superintendent Mike Caudill says he doesn’t think the rise in private-school enrollment is about dissatisfaction with public schools, but about faith-based education.

    “Parents who have the means are having a bigger hand in the moral piece of their children’s education,” he said.

    But he is worried about the rise in home schools. The school system and courts have been more aggressive about truancy, he said, leading more parents to pull their children from school and say they are home-schooling.

    “I have tremendous respect for the good home schools, but there are plenty of parents who do it because they don’t want to deal with the school system,” Caudill said.

    In at least the past four legislative sessions, lawmakers have tried to pass rules that would govern home schools. But they’ve lost to a large and vociferous home-school lobby.

    “I think you’re seeing a whole new generation of people who chose private and home schools well before their children were of school age,” said Martin Cothran, a home-school advocate with the conservative Family Foundation. “People don’t perceive the public schools are focusing on academics the way they ought to, and there’s the religious aspect.”

    Both reasons influenced Debra Gibson, a Scott County mother who home-schools her three children with the help of a local home-schooling group in Georgetown.

    “My kids have the opportunity to do more things than we even have time for,” she said.

    Scott County has seen an increase in public-school students since the arrival of the Toyota plant. But more of them have chosen private schools since the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act went into effect, said Danny Glass, pupil personnel director.

    “That’s when we really saw the advent of home schools,” he said. “I think parents are onto them because they didn’t like KERA or because of religious convictions.”

    Richard Hardin, assistant superintendent of Jessamine County, thinks that the rise in census numbers is more directly connected to home schools than to their private counterparts.

    “The growth is not alarming to us at the moment, but I do think that basically totally unregulated home schools are a potential problem,” he said. “What we hope is that parents are going the extra mile to give their kids the best education they can.”

    This argument is getting SO OLD. We heard some of this in DE last year. Truants supposedly were claiming to be HSers to get out of trouble with the law and, therefore, we needed more regulation of HSing. It turns out that there were only a handful (single digits). Please just LEAVE US ALONE!!!

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