Home school group from southwest Missouri closes
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — After more than 20 years of providing resources and activities for home schooling, a southwest Missouri group is closing its doors.
The Southwest Home Education Ministry says it is closing because of changes in the home school movement.
The Springfield News-Leader reports families are buying curriculum online and using social media for teaching tips. And the number of extracurricular activities, athletic teams and academic cooperatives for home-schooled students has grown significantly since the group opened in the 1990s.
At one point, the organization's newsletter went to 4,500 families — representing an estimated 15,000 children — in southwest Missouri. Up to 1,500 or more to attend the regional conventions.
The group's organizers said attendance