Homeschooling

Homeschooling is yours for the making

Tiana Kubik has a message for parents who are venturing into homeschool waters for the first time: “Others’ judgment of how you educate your child is not your problem. Let the school, teachers, and other parents have their thoughts. The burden and the beauty of homeschool is that you are[Read More…]

Unique Florida learning option offers families safety, choice, peace of mind

Like a school, but better. That’s how Ali Kaufman, founder and CEO of Space of Mind, describes a revolutionary program that engages students, families, educators and the larger community in experiential learning. Kaufman’s brainchild, launched in 2004, is not a traditional school. Nor is it a tutoring center. It’s not[Read More…]

Has the number of homeschoolers doubled? Or are the lines blurring?

Editor’s note: This commentary from Travis Pillow, editorial director at the Center for Reinventing Public Education, asks whether it’s time to redefine homeschooling amid the proliferation of new educational approaches blossoming in a COVID-19 world. It appeared Monday on CRPE’s website. One Saturday morning a few years ago, I was[Read More…]

Homeschooling takes hold for this Colorado family

Editor’s note: Click here to listen to a podcast with Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill and Antonio Pares, founder of a Colorado-based organization that, thanks to innovative Colorado state law,  works with public and private education groups to create new opportunities for students to receive education beyond the[Read More…]

Fact-checking the pundits as a new school year begins

As students head back to school, we can check some predictions made last year about how COVID would change K-12 classrooms. First, teacher unions forecast that schools would close in large numbers without additional federal spending. In June 2020, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told Fox News, “We[Read More…]

Word for Word: Mom Melissa Demain on finding the best fit for her daughter

Editor’s note: This Palm Coast, Florida, mom was happy with the school her daughter, Abby, attended with assistance from a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship. Then Abby, who had been diagnosed with a special need at age 3, became a teenager and started to struggle. Demain once again found herself seeking[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with homeschool mom Melissa Demain

On this episode, redefined senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Palm Coast, Florida, parent Melissa Demain, whose daughter, Abby, receives the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. Demain discusses how her daughter’s medical condition, diagnosed when she was 3, necessitated a transfer from the private school she had[Read More…]

Florida private school enrollment declines sharply during pandemic

COVID-19 rocked K-12 school enrollment overall last year, but private schools were hit especially hard as enrollment declined for the first time in more than a decade. A new report from the Florida Department of Education shows private school enrollment fell by 33,500 students, the steepest decline observed in the[Read More…]