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Director of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement
Director of Homeschooling
Assessing Educational Competencies, LLC
Peggy Peterson is a former classroom teacher and, until her retirement, was a Bureau Director in the Mississippi Department of Education. She also served as Director of Compulsory School Attendance for the MDE. Ms. Peterson has vast knowledge in the area of alternative schools and has worked with teachers in alternative schools and with inclusion teachers in several school districts.
NBC 15 :: NEWS
Â Â Â Â Peggy Peterson, director of compulsory school attendance enforcement with the Mississippi Department of Education, said she fears that some children may not be receiving top equality education instruction from their parents. Â Â Â Â "Mississippi has the most lenient homeschool laws in the nation," Peterson said.
The Daily Mississippian - Official cites Miss. homeschool program as too lenient
During 2003,s first enrollment check, there were only about 8,548 students being homeschooled in Mississippi, and numbers rose steadily until May, when there were 11,063 students, compared with Tennessee,s 30,000, said Peggy Peterson, director of homeschooling for the Mississippi Department of Education.Peterson said such an increase is typical, and the numbers usually drop back down to around 8,000 in September and gradually rise as the school year wears on.According to Peterson, Mississippi,s homeschooling rules are more lenient than those of other states.It is fairly simple to start homeschooling in Mississippi, Peterson saidOnce a student has properly withdrawn from the public school or other school they were in before, they are to contact a school attendance officer and complete an enrollment form.There are no requirements for parents, and there is a state law that says homeschooling cannot be monitored, Peterson said.There is no way to know if homeschooled children are getting a quality education, because there are no required tests to ensure that the pupil is staying at his appropriate grade level, Peterson said.
Education Official Concerned
Peggy Peterson, director of compulsory school attendance enforcement with the Mississippi Department of Education, said she fears that some children may not be receiving top quality education instruction from their parents.
Peterson said some parents have done a good job of educating their children, "but I am concerned about the ones who are not qualified to teach their children." Peterson's office is the only one with the state Department of Education that has anything to do with homeschooling. Families that homeschool their children must register with their county's school attendance officer; the officer, in turn, reports to Peterson's office. Peterson, a former president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, said some states require parents who teach their children to have a certain level of education. She said there was no such requirement in Mississippi. "Mississippi has the most lenient homeschool laws in the nation," Peterson said.
Christian News - The Christian Post | Families Fight for Authority Over Home-Schooling Education.
These measures, and similar regulations enforced in other states, stem from worries that "some children may not be receiving top quality education instruction from their parents," declared Peggy Peterson, Director of the Mississippi Department of Education.Although Peterson resides in a state which she says "has the most lenient home-school laws in the nation," her concern is echoed among those who support tight government regulations on home-schooling.