Temple coalition educates parents as more turn to homeschooling

At Saturday's event parents could buy classroom materials and learn about different topics like...
At Saturday's event parents could buy classroom materials and learn about different topics like homeschooling a high schooler, athletics and fine arts opportunities.(Alex Fulton)
Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 10:23 PM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - CenTex Christian Homeschool Coalition is wanting to make sure students are equipped when they go back to school...at home.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from spring 2020 to fall 2020 the rate of parents homeschooling their kids nationwide more than doubled from 5% to around 11%.

The rise in interest led CenTex Christian Homeschool Coalition to host a mini conference on Saturday. Homeschool parents could buy classroom materials and learn about different topics like homeschooling a high schooler, athletics and fine arts opportunities.

“Once they come to us we want to figure out what the laws are for homeschooling and what they need to do,” Deanna Sallee with CenTex Christian Homeschool Coalition said.

Dborah Gladney-King is going to start homeschooling her eighth grade grandson for the first time this school year.

“It’s not something you can just jump into and just do it on the side in between,” Gladney-King said. “You got to make sure you allocate the proper time to make sure it works for him.”

Her grandson is autistic and Gladney-King feels like the special education program set him back.

“When I’m talking to him and asking him for information I’m finding out he does not have a great base,” Gladney-King said.

In her new role, she’s starting to learn when to be a grandmother and when to be a teacher.

“When I think about it it is making me a teacher,” Gladney-King said. “Teaching is something I do daily anyway, but I never thought I would be teaching teaching.”

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