Texas families are leaving the state's public school system in droves.
The number of families doing so, in favor of homeschooling, increased nearly 300 percent for August 2020 over August 2019, according to data from the Texas Home School Coalition. The organization processes withdrawal requests from families.
In August of this year, the group recorded 4,055 family withdrawals, compared with 2019's 1,044. July was a record-setting month, too, with a 1,500% increase over July 2019. THSC says its withdrawal numbers are likely low, because it does not immediately receive all the requests submitted.
THSC attributes the surge in the number of homeschool families to policies enacted by the Texas Education Agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some children enrolled in Texas public schools are attending school in person, while others are participating virtually.
? Texas families are not alone in choosing to homeschool their children. Gallup released results of a recent poll in early September that showed 1 in 10 American families were homeschooling.