U.S. House of Representatives Expands 529 Savings Plans to Include Homeschoolers

The United States House of Representatives have passed H.R. 6757 to expand 529 savings plans to include homeschooling. Under the current tax code, parents and grandparents can only put aside funds for religious and private schooling. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate.

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Homeschool Fair at Fort Hood and Other News

The Fort Hood Child and Youth Services School Liaison Office hosted a homeschool resource fair this past Friday for military families homeschooling their children. CYS offers assistance to homeschool parents in the military. Any families interested in homeschooling or who need assistance may contact the the School Liaison Office.

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Perennial Virtual Math Challenge May 22-24

Perennial Math is holding a virtual math challenge for grades 3-8. Virtual Challenge Tournaments are open for teams of 5 to compete. This is a great opportunity for homeschoolers to test their math skills against other students across the nation! Register your team today!

PerennialMath – Online Math Competition for Grade 3-12

Virtual Tournaments are Video Conferencing Tournaments in a WebEx Chat Room with a Gameshow Host. To reserve your seat Call 1-888-835-2366 or visit us!

Homeschooling Among Black Families Increasing

I don’t normally editorialize when I share news. On occasion I feel compelled to share my thoughts.

Diversity in the homeschooling community needs to be celebrated and encouraged. Homeschoolers these days are viewed as a monolithic group of white, Evangelical Christians who all voted for Trump.

Black families increasingly choose to homeschool kids

In the last 15 years, the number of black children in homeschool has doubled from 103,000 to about 220,000. Black parents cite a number of reasons for homeschooling children, including concern over peer pressure and drugs at school — but increasingly, they are also citing school-related racism as a reason to keep students at home.

However, there is room for all at the “kitchen table”. Families from many political backgrounds and religious traditions are starting to see the value of homeschooling and it’s up to those who are viewed as the majority to celebrate that diversity.

Please, if you have any news about “non-traditional” homeschoolers send it my way.