Homeschooling

Homeschoolers Fight Regulation Push by 'Experts'

Who can't stand that people operate outside their control

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Rosemary Laberee of Medford has been a home­schooling mother for the last 14 years.

"I do not think home educators should be regulated, ever," said Laberee, whose four children are now 19, 16, 13 and 10.

"We have proven ourselves."

There are experts, however, who disagree. They say there should be oversight for parents who choose to educate their own children.

Research completed by the Home School Legal Defense Association shows homeschoolers, on average, score 37 percentage points higher than public school students on standardized tests. The study also found the achievement gaps common to public schools negligible in the home­school community.