By Stephen Howsley
LUBBOCK, TEXAS — In August 2020, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) saw a 400 percent increase over August 2019 in the number of families withdrawing from public school through THSC’s website to homeschool.
This follows another record-setting month in July, which saw a 1,500 percent increase over 2019.
The increase connected directly with the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) release of their back-to-school guidelines. Within 24 hours after the guidelines were released, THSC’s call and email volume had doubled from parents asking how they could homeschool.
A month after these guidelines were announced, 2020 withdrawal numbers still appear to be hitting record highs.
In August 2019, THSC processed withdrawals for 1,044 families. In August 2020, THSC processed 4,055 withdrawals, an increase of nearly 400 percent.
This number represents only a portion of the total withdrawals to homeschool statewide, since THSC is not notified of every withdrawal.
While official TEA withdrawal numbers for 2020 are not yet available, early numbers from THSC’s online withdrawal tool indicate an enormous increase in families moving to homeschooling.
This form automatically generates a withdrawal letter that families can easily email to their schools to complete the withdrawal process and begin homeschooling.
THSC remains ready to serve and assist these new families who are beginning their homeschooling journeys.
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