Christian Schools – 12% growth in 2021, 15% Growth Expected in 2022, Homeschooling Tripled in Past 3 Years
You want a Christian School for your child? Expect a waitlist to enroll. Homeschooling – unprecedented growth as well. Some 16.1% of all Black children are now homeschooled. It's happening in the city. It's happening in the suburbs. It's happening in small towns. Parents are opting for reading, writing, arithmetic – and moral and spiritual values. Over 35,000 North Texas children have been pulled from public schools in the past three years going to Christian schools or homeschooling. And this phenomena may accelerate.
Some 750 attendees are expected in March to the Christian Schools Conference in San Diego. One of the hosts, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), state that the growth of faith-based schools in the United States is unprecedented. One of the reasons is that over 90% of Christian schools remained in-person open over the past two years. Consequently, student testing and academic excellence continued. The other reason of course is the parent's belief that the religious schools help provide the moral and spiritual compass for their children. Based on April 2020 statistics, some 11% of all students in the United States are now homeschooled, up from 3.3% some four years ago. In addition, approximately 11% of all students now attend either Catholic or Evangelical Protestant schools – a huge increase particularly in the Evangelical schools.
The Frisco school district's at-large system for electing trustees discriminates against the rapidly growing Asian population in the area, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The voting-rights lawsuit is the third in a year against a North Texas school district, all brought by the Brewer Storefront, the pro bono affiliate of the firm Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, which has also filed voting-rights suits against several other districts and cities. Frisco demographics have changed rapidly over the past 15 years, as it has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. More than 70% of the district's 13,284 students were white in the 2003-04 school year, according to state data. Now FISD has about 60,000 students, of which about 42% are white, 29% Asian and 13.5% Hispanic. (Some 11% are African-American.)
"So less than half of the children in public schools are white, but they're not able to elect any candidates of color?" said William Brewer, a partner at the storefront. "The voting is clearly polarized in Frisco."
Frisco is one of the few Texas school districts where students of Asian heritage make up a majority on some campuses. The others are Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Coppell, Plano, Fort Bend, Round Rock and Alief. The Asian population in Frisco has increased in recent years as an active word-of-mouth pipeline drew more and more families as workers from India came to work for the booming software and technology companies in the area. Then in 2008, a well-known Hindu priest blessed the land in the eastern part of the school district. Many Indian families bought homes in the area, and a Hindu temple was built.
The Brewer Storefront filed a lawsuit against the Lewisville school district in February alleging that all seven trustees there come from affluent, white neighborhoods, so students of color receive a "second-rate" education. That suit is pending. The Richardson district recently settled the voting-rights lawsuit filed against it last year. That district is moving toward five single-member districts; two board members will continue to be elected at large. In 2016, Brewer sued Coppell ISD over concerns that the Asian-American community there was being disenfranchised, but that suit was dismissed.