Texas home school numbers could get closer look
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Education Agency figures show nearly 23,000 secondary students who stopped going to class in 2008 were categorized as being home schooled and not as dropouts.
TEA requires a signed statement from a parent or guardian or qualified student, or an oral statement made within 10 days of when the student quits attending school, with the intention of home schooling.
The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Texas Home School Coalition estimates more than 300,000 children in the state are home schooled.
State Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano says she is 100 percent behind home schooling, but not when it becomes a scapegoat for dropouts. Shapiro, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, says she plans a closer look at the figures.