HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – While public schools in Hawaii are reporting another year of declining enrollment, home schooling numbers have gone up.

Around the time schools first shut down in Spring 2020, Hawaii’s home schooling rate was 4.5%, according to the Census Bureau. By October, that figure had nearly doubled.

HawaiiKidsCAN, an organization fighting for quality education options for children, said families’ experience with remote learning in the pandemic has inspired some to take over the teaching.

“Nationally, polling has shown that families are much more open to homeschooling than ever before,” said David Miyashiro, the executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN.

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