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This post reviews Kimberly A. Yuracko, “Education off the Grid: Constitutional Constraints on Homeschooling” in California Law Review 96, no. 1 (Feb. 2008): 123-184.

Yuracko, a law professor at Northwestern University whose work deals primarily with antidiscrimination law, here makes the case that state statutes and the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution require that states have a responsibility to regulate homeschooling in certain respects.  (more…)

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My bookon the history of homeschooling in the United States will be officially released tomorrow.  Here, for those interested, is a list of the chapter titles:   (more…)

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This post reviews John T. Plecnik, “Equal Access to Public Education: An Examination of the State Constitutional and Statutory Rights of Nonpublic Students to Participate in Public School Programs on a Part-Time Basis in North Carolina and Across the Nation,” published in the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Fall 2007 (13: no. 1), pp. 1-30.

Plecnik, who was homeschooled “from cradle to college,” here uses North Carolina as model and constructs a hypothetical argument that would allow homeschooled and private schooled children to take advantage of some public school offerings without having to enroll full-time in the public school.   (more…)

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Christa L. Green and Kathleen V. Hoover-Dempsey, “Why Do Parents Homeschool? A Systematic Examination of Parental Involvement,” in Education and Urban Society 39, no. 2 (2007): 264-285.

Green, a graduate student, and Hoover-Dempsey, a professor at Vanderbilt University, produce here an extension of Green’s master’s thesis(more…)

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In this final entry I will finish out my review of the anthology AT ISSUE: HOMESCHOOLING, summarizing chapters 7-13 much more briefly than in previous entries.  (more…)

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In this third installment I will review chapters 5 and 6 of the anthology AT ISSUE: HOMESCHOOLING  (more…)

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Six years in the making, my book Homeschool: An American Historywill become available June 24.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

“This is a lively account of one of the most important and overlooked themes in American education. Beginning in the colonial period and working to the present, Gaither describes in rich detail how the home has been used as the base for education of all kinds. The last five chapters focus especially on the modern homeschooling movement and offer the most comprehensive and authoritative account of it ever written. Readers will learn how and why homeschooling emerged when it did, where it has been, and where it may be going.”

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