Homeschooling growth affecting school enrollment, funding - VT Digger

For the unprecedented number of home schooling applicants this year, the Covid School Calendar looks like too much time in a school building, or too little.

"According to the Agency of Education, 1,634 families filed paperwork with the state by July 15 to enroll in homeschooling for the upcoming year. That’s a significant increase over from last year, when only 932 enrollments had been received by that date. Ted Fisher, a spokesperson for the agency, cautioned last week that the final numbers would likely change. Jeff Francis, the executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, flagged sharp fluctuations in enrollment as a concern for legislators on Thursday, and asked them to consider changing the state’s education funding formula so that schools are not hit with a “double-whammy” of plummeting enrollments and Covid-related expenses.."

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