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— The latest count of home-schooled students in Arkansas shows about 400 more students are learning at home compared to the previous year.

The Arkansas Education Department said 16,405 students completed the 2011-2012 school year as home-schooled students. That’s compared with 16,003 in the prior year.

The figures were being presented Monday at the monthly Education Board meeting.

State records show that in 1986, 572 students were home-schooled in Arkansas. By 1992, the number was 3,140, and by 2002, 12,497 students were being taught at home.

The 16,405 children home-schooled last academic year is equal to 3.5 percent of the state’s 468,000 public school students.


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  • Whippersnapper
    September 10, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.

    Let's hear it for all those parents who care enough for their kids' future to do whatever it takes to prepare them for it! (including investing a significant amount of their time and money)

  • Populist
    September 10, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.

    Let's hope that they are all doing a good job. I loved school and hanging out with friends. While some parents may be qualified to teach their children up to a certain point, these kids miss out on socializing with other members of the community.

  • drs01
    September 10, 2012 at 10:44 a.m.

    It's wonderful that those who can't afford to move to the surrounding towns to escape, or can't afford the $6-8,000 a year for private and/or Christian schools still have an alternative. It's a sad state of affairs when we have so many families fleeing the metro area because of the quality of education. And those that stay are willing to spend thousands on private schools,or are willing to make the ultimate sacrifices of home schooling at a time when our school district is spending Millions on legal services to stop the growth of another alternative - Charter Schools. Maybe school vouchers are a good idea. It seems that parents are already making important choices about the education of their children.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.

    I am a homeschool parent and can tell you all about what materials are available and the MAIN reasons for keeping kids out of the public programs. The above mentioned experiences are indeed valuable but don't come close to balancing all out the bad the current school system can't seem to fix. Teachers have no control in their classrooms. School admin is not interested in doing whats right unless it can be done without getting a complaint from a parent or district office. The health and welfare of children are no longer protected. Bad apples aren't removed from class and dealt with.

  • drs01
    September 10, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.

    Amen - Roy Brooks tried to fix some of these problems and look what happened to him. The LRSD is more interested in defeating Charter Schools, demonizing private schools and criticizing home schoolers than fixing any of the problems. All those extras public schools offer do not measure up to discipline, respect, safety, morality, and work ethic that the alternatives seems to offer. Economic growth in central Arkansas has suffered at the hands of public education since 1957....and the beat goes on....

  • Jackabbott
    September 10, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

    Ah, yes, here, Ladies and Gents are your future welfare recipents, Medicad users and food stampers.
    Cannot get along with the rest of society, so they rely on the 'knowledge" that their parents derived from grandma and perhaps radio. We have seen them in movies like Deliverance, not a pretty picture.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

    Well well jack I guess you get the douchnozzle award for the day. Homeschool educated kids aren't the ones growing up to live off the system. You may need to research that one a bit.

  • RaylanGivens
    September 10, 2012 at 1:12 p.m.

    Nonsheeple you need to apologize to douchenozzles all around the world after comparing them to Jack. They are all very offended at that

  • Jackabbott
    September 10, 2012 at 3:42 p.m.

    If you want to go to a M.D. or D.D.S or LL.B who was home schooled, well good luck to you.
    Cousin Festus, Uncles Jed and Zeke and Aunt Mabel will be tickling their banjoes in unison.
    We already have enough village idiots in Arkansas now, we do not need more. Unless UAF is looking for some new football coaches.

  • Populist
    September 10, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.

    In Arkansas, you do not have to have a college degree to homeschool your children. I doubt that many homeschoolers in Arkansas are receiving a very good education.

    Black students in Montgomery County, Arkansas are doing well in school and account for 10% of the the AP test credits in the COUNTRY. Education is not a pigmentation problem, it is a cultural one. Most Arkansans, black and white, do not emphasize the importance of education enough. The Little Rock School District needs to increase the school year, increase the school day, increase the amount of homework, and assign kids to classes and schools according to their education level. The kids who misbehave need to be kicked out, and the teachers need better training and a better curriculum. Parents need to make their kids read more, watch TV less, and play fewer video games.

    Just as the obituary of the Tuskegee airman implies, many educated blacks leave Arkansas for areas of the country which have better race relations.