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Since the beginning of Covid-19 school restrictions, nearly 35,000 California families filed the state’s R-4 affidavit to teach their children at home.

Filing the R-4 is one of the ways to homeschool legally in California. Parents can use an Independent Study Program (ISP) with the local school district, (where available) which allows the parents weekly or bi-weekly review and oversight with a teacher of the district, who reviews student’s work, offers suggestions on how to improve performance and then assigns the work for the next period before another review. The third way to homeschool in California is with a private online academy which typically provides curriculum guidance, attendance records, academic records and test results, if the parents wish to use testing.

The spike in filings of the R-4 does not include the number of families who opted into the ISP or online academy methods, so it is quite likely that the total numbers of homeschooling families is much higher than in past years.  
With the recent news about the Covid variant sweeping the country, bricks-and-mortar school closures will probably continue through the end of 2021, so homeschooling enrollment will rise even more.
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From the New York Post:

Homeschool Revolution: More parents than ever are against public schools.

By Kate H. Averett

During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of American families have helped teach their own kids from home. But in 2019, even before coronavirus hit, a record-breaking 2.5 million US children were being homeschooled.

Homeschooling used to be seen as a fringe religious phenomenon, and any parent will tell you it’s a lot of work. Some parents homeschool all the way from pre-K through high school, while others take it up for only a year or two, but overall, homeschooling families are more diverse than ever, with a growing share being non-white and not religiously motivated.

From 2013-2016, I interviewed homeschooling parents and attended conferences and conventions to understand what’s driving this trend. I discovered that powerful and shifting cultural beliefs about childhood, parenting and education are all leading to the uptick in kids being taught at home.

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