Home education once again on the rise in Florida

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The number of home education students in Florida keeps rising. It reached 87,462 during the 2017-16 school year, according to fresh state data.

The Florida Department of Education releases a report on homeschooling each summer.

In 2015, the number of children taught at home saw some of its largest growth ever. Last year, it declined.

But the state’s largest school district, Miami-Dade County, accounted for that decrease single-handedly.

The number of home education student in Florida continues to grow. Graph: Florida Department of Education

This year, home education grew by more than 4,000 students, or just shy of 5 percent. Once again, however, the number of home schoolers in Miami-Dade declined — this time by nearly 11 percent.

Homeschooling declined in other counties, including tiny Jefferson and midsized Brevard.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, it grew by nearly 15 percent. Duval County surpassed Palm Beach County as home to the largest number of homeschool students, with 6,772.

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  1. Maybe if Miami Dade did not make it difficult to register or stop rejecting letters on intent due to requiring information above the state law we would have true numbers in Miami Dade. Instead people are just registering with private umbrella schools.

    • Melissa, this is an interesting point. Would you be willing to talk to us about this for a story?

  2. Miami Dade has a lot of homeschoolers. They’re just doing the umbrella option because they are rejecting Letters of Intents. Asking for more information than they are legally required to get is pushing parents to do look at other homeschool options.

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