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Common Core Drives Home School Surge

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All over the nation, there's a growing number of parents keeping their children out of the public schools, opting, instead, to explore home schooling. In fact, just in the last 8 or 9 years, according to the US Department of Education, the number of parents choosing homeschool over the public schools DOUBLED from about 850 thousand to nearly 1.8 MILLION. Parents that were surveyed listed all kinds of reasons for the move. Many of them said safety, drug abuse and peer pressure were top concerns. Others pointed to religious restrictions in the public schools. In recent days, almost all of them are pointing at Common Core. One of those mothers is Danielle Widney, from East Ramapo, New York. She's a college graduate, with a Master's in Electrical Engineering, and even SHE says the Common Core math doesn't make any sense. "It's too many tests and too many people telling me what is good for my children," she said. There's such a big wave of families leaving the

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