Rebecca Kocsis has seen California’s parental interest in home schooling double – right in front of her own eyes.
“Parents are waking up,” said Kocsis, the general manager for Christian Home Educators Association of California. “Their voices are not being heard and they’re looking for other options.”
At a CHEA homeschool conference in Pasadena this summer, Kocsis said 500 parents and children attended a free session discussing home schooling. In 2018, just 250 attended that same conference, she said.
Kocsis sites three reasons for more and more parents considering home schooling in 2019:
- Concerns about California’s new sex education law. AB 329 has mandated instruction that many parents find objectionable
- Schools unable to guarantee student safety
- Political attacks on charter schools
“Parents are finally…just done,” she said. “They’ve been kept in the dark.”
Kocsis said the mission of CHEA is to promote Christian homeschool education, help families educating homeschoolers, and protect rights of homeschooling families.
On Dec. 10, national education expert Brian Ray will present, “What are they teaching our children?” The meeting, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, is at Transformation Calvary, 10700 Town Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. The meeting is free and open to the public.
“We planned this event in December to help inform parents who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their children’s public education,” Kocsis said. “It seems to me that more families are looking to take their children out of public school, and to homeschool, mid-year.”
On Jan. 30, 80 “hand-picked” home schooling parents will lobby Sacramento legislators, Kocsis said. Family Protection Ministries is co-sponsoring the day, she said.
“CHEA is a state-wide advocacy group determined to protect homeschoolers,” Kocsis said. “They seek to educate legislators about private home education as well as to train homeschoolers in advocacy and education.”
The National Home Education Research Institute estimates in 2019 that there are from 272,000 to 333,000 K-12 homeschool students in California.
(Links to Brian Ray and homeschooling info are below; you’ll need to cut and paste)