Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that public schools across the state would reopen for in-person instruction in the fall of 2021. In similar fashion, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City schools would also re-open in person; the Mayor added that no at-home learning option would be made available.

These announcements were welcome news for kids who have been physically and emotionally isolated over the past year and whose educational development has suffered due to the limitations of online-only instruction. The announcements were also welcome news to parents whose careers have been hampered due to the need to supervise children that are learning at home. Nevertheless, there is an important reality for public schools to take into account: Not all of their students are returning.

According to TheHill.com, “coronavirus lockdowns prompted a rise in home-schooling as parents’ attitudes have shifted positively toward home education.” Since the onset of COVID-19, the percentage of children being schooled at home in the U.S. has more than doubled (from 5.4% to 11%). Amongst black children, the increase in homeschoolers is even more dramatic (from 3.3% to 16.1%).

New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation is pleased to see a heightened level of interest in homeschooling. Given the uneven quality of pubic schools in New York, and given the secular leftist agendas being brazenly promoted within public schools, we encourage all Christian families to consider homeschooling, Christian schools, private schools, and other alternatives to public school education.