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Federal Report Tracks Increase in Number of Home Schoolers

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The number of home schoolers in the United States increased from 850,000 students to 1,096,000 students, or by 29 percent, between 1999 and 2003, concludes a report by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The updated figure for 2003 represents 2.2 percent of all school-age children in the United States. In 1999, 1.7 percent of school-age children were estimated to be taught at home. The report also found that 2.7 percent of white children were home schooled in 2003, compared with 1.3 percent for African-American children and 0.7 percent for Hispanic children.

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