Group Supports Black Homeschooling

Published October 1, 2001

Although black non-Hispanic students make up 16.0 percent of the 1999 student population, they make up only 9.9 percent of students in homeschooling families.

Veteran home educators Eric and Joyce Burges of Baker, Louisiana, hope to increase that number with a homeschooling resource organization they formed in July 2000, the National Black Home Educators Resource Association. Joyce Burges spoke at the July 16 school choice conference in Indianapolis held by the Indiana Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.

The Burges’ group provides information on getting started in homeschooling, opportunities to network with other homeschooling families, and assistance with teaching materials and advice on curriculum. Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute calls NBHERA “a voice for African-American homeschoolers.”

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Information on the National Black Home Educators Resource Association is available from the Association’s Web site at