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ERIC Number: ED502610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Home Education in Pennsylvania, 2006-2007
Creason, John S., Comp.
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Data Services
The 2006-07 total for home education students in Pennsylvania was 22,136. The total was comprised of 11,422 males and 10,714 females. There was a decrease of 276 students, or 1.2%, from the 2005-06 total of 22,412. It was the fourth year in a row that home education enrollments decreased and only the fifth year overall since the passage of Act 169 of 1988, which authorized parents, guardians and legal custodians to teach their children at home. Data was collected from all of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts for home education students aged five through 21. Austin Area, Blacklick Valley, Bristol Borough and Midland Borough were the only school districts that reported no home education students in 2006-07. The number of home education students decreased in 40 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Once again, Lancaster County led the state with 2,513 students, followed by York County with 1,590. Students educated at home comprised an additional 1.1% of the state's public, private and nonpublic enrollments in 2006-07. There were 366 school districts (73.1%), up from 345, that allowed home education students to participate in curricular programs. Act 67 of 2005, amended the home education law of Pennsylvania. This law allowed home-educated students to participate in the school district activities that are subject to the provisions of Sec. 511 of the School Code. These activities included clubs, musical ensembles, athletics (such as varsity sports), and theatrical productions and may include other activities related to the school program. The school board may develop or amend current policies on these activities, but local policies may not conflict with Act 67 of 2005. The law allowed participation in activities beginning January 1, 2006. Appended are: (1) Home Education Students by School District and Age Group, 2006-07; (2) Glossary; and (3) Sources. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Data Services. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Data Services
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania