More Houston Parents of Special-needs Children Opt out of Public Schools

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Monday, August 27, 2012

For thousands of Texas parents, the start of the school year has taken on a new meaning: an end to the conflicts, struggles and disappointment with the public school system.

A growing number of parents of special-needs children are opting out of public schools, deciding instead to home school or to pay for pricey private schools.

The number of secondary students who left public schools to home school increased 50 percent from 2003 to 2010, reaching 2,040 7th- through 12th-graders, according to the Texas Education Agency. The number of middle- and high-school special education students who withdrew for private school increased 75 percent, reaching 772 in 2010.

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