Number of Ark. home school students rises again


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The latest count of home-schooled students in Arkansas shows about 400 more students are learning at home compared to the prior year.

The Arkansas Education Department says 16,405 students completed the 2011-2012 school year as home-schooled students. That's compared to 16,003 in the prior year. The figures are 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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