More parents choose home-schooling after Conn. shooting

More parents choose home-schooling after Conn. shooting

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Jennifer Figueira (right) and her sister-in-law, Stephanie Figueira, decided this week not to allow their two 10-year-old daughters to return to public schools. Jennifer Figueira (right) and her sister-in-law, Stephanie Figueira, decided this week not to allow their two 10-year-old daughters to return to public schools.
"After the shootings in Connecticut, it just made me realize she would be safer at home," said Jennifer Figueira. "After the shootings in Connecticut, it just made me realize she would be safer at home," said Jennifer Figueira.
"Parents will be hard-pressed to stay with the national standards," said Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston. "Parents will be hard-pressed to stay with the national standards," said Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - After the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, more parents are now considering home-schooling for their children because of safety concerns.

Two families in Campbell County have decided to take their children out of the public school system and begin home-schooling them.

Jennifer Figueira and her sister-in-law, Stephanie Figueira, decided this week not to allow their two 10-year-old daughters to return to public schools.
   
"I had been thinking about home-schooling her for a long time because of different influences at school that I felt were not good," said Jennifer. "Then, after the shootings in Connecticut, it just made me realize she would be safer at home, not just physically safe, but emotionally and spiritually safe."

"When I heard about the shooting it did push me over the edge to do it," said Stephanie.

Both women say they plan to work together to home-school their children.

"I know with the help of my sister-in-law, she will help me do it," said Stephanie Figueira. "She does have an educational background."

Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston says they have received a handful of calls from parents who are interested in home schooling their children.

"We kind of expected that there would be some real concerns following this tragedy," said Poston. "I'm sure all across this nation that they will be looking at this as an option."

Poston says he hopes parents realize the work that it takes to educate their children at home.

"Parents will be hard-pressed to stay with the national standards," said Poston.

Both mothers feel the sacrifice to home-school will be worth it.

"There's always a chance something bad is going to happen, but I think that having her at home while she's young will give here a better base to go from, and then she can deal the different trials in life when she gets older," said Jennifer Figueira.

In the state of Tennessee, parents only need a high school diploma or GED to home school their children. 

Parents need to fill out an application with their school system to get started. If they follow the school system's curriculum, they will be required to take the TCAP tests in the 5th, 7th, and 9th grades. If their child does not pass, they will be required to go back to public schools.

Many families choose the options of doing home-school plans with private schools where those tests are not required because it is a more flexible curriculum.

In Campbell County, about 80 children in the school system are home-schooled.

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