Maryland Parents Choose Homeschooling, Call Decline of Public School System ‘Scary’
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Parents in Maryland said Monday they opted to homeschool their children due to concerns about COVID-related curriculum and policies as schools lower the bar for teachers to combat shortages.
George and Michelle Sullivan have joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss how they made the decision to remove their children from the Prince George’s County school system and why they are fighting for other families who have not this option.
“I feel like we had to give our kids an environment that they couldn’t have to wear masks all day,” Michelle told co-host Carley Shimkus. “We had the freedom to choose the program they were going to use. We were able to fill that gap that they lost during the COVID pandemic, but it really hurt the kids.”
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“I was able to correct them in math and English because I was able to focus directly on what my children needed,” she continued. “And I know that’s not really an option for everyone at this point, which is why we always try to fight for families who feel like they don’t have a voice.”
The Kirwan Plan allocated $4 billion to public schools in Maryland, but critics say the system has resorted to hiring thousands of teachers who lack proper certification.
George called the move “worrying”.
“My wife and I just saw the decline of the school system, and it wasn’t even just the public school system, it was the private school system that was even scarier,” George said. “It was overflowing in there. So we made the decision to take the kids out and quit his job and just rely on our small business as our only source of income to survive, and we made it work.”
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Amid concern over underqualified teachers, they also shared their concern over the renewal of Prince George’s County schools’ mask mandate.
Both men said they were concerned that speaking out publicly would affect their business, but despite this concern, they remain committed to speaking out.
“We just kind of prayed over it, and we looked at each other and talked about it, and we said, we’re not doing this for our kids,” George said. “Our children are excluded from the school system. We do this for the children who have no voice, who have no say, who are afraid of having to fight.”