DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — The number of home-schooled students in Virginia is rising.
The Danville Register & Bee reported Tuesday that the state's home-schooled population saw a 12 percent increase in the last five years.
There were nearly 39,000 home-schooled students during 2013-14 school year. That's compared to about 43,500 students last school year.
Scott Woodruff, a lawyer for the Home School Legal Defense Association, said a few factors are at play.
There has been a relaxation in state regulations as well as an increase in the amount of quality and affordable academic materials that are available.