Pasco school choice data shows rise in home schooling
Noting every student means funding, the Pasco School Board earlier this year asked for detailed information about the comings and goings of children from the county schools.
District officials on Tuesday offered a look at how school choice options have affected district enrollment, which was down about 200 students after the fifth day count. One key highlight: Home schooling became much bigger in the district.
In 2010-11, Pasco had 1,509 students from 927 families use home education. This year, 1,804 students from 1,108 families are doing so, a 20 percent increase.
The district also saw a 20 percent rise in the number of students transferring out using McKay scholarships for children with disabilities.
Twelve percent fewer students (420) applied to leave the district for other public schools, with the largest group seeking to attend Learning Gate Community Charter School in Hillsborough County. Meanwhile, applications to transfer into Pasco schools rose 6 percent.
Assistant superintendent Ruth Reilly told the board that the district is looking for better ways to get reasons from parents as to why they've made such choices.