The homeschool uptick

Homeschool enrollment numbers rose as a result of the pandemic, raising questions about COVID-19’s impacts on education funding.

As Montana schools sought to contain the pandemic last March by shutting their doors for the remainder of the spring semester, Flathead County Superintendent of Schools Jack Eggensperger began to notice an increase in the number of parents registering to homeschool their kids. The trend continued throughout the summer and into the fall, right up to the day in early October when his office recorded its official homeschool headcount for 2020. That figure was 1,567 students — more than double the 715 homeschool students recorded in October 2019.

Eggensperger can only speculate, but he’s confident...


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