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Connecticut Tragedy Feeds Homeschooling Debate

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The horror in Connecticut from last Friday has prompted new interest from parents in homeschooling their kids. One Minnesota mom says her experience has taught her it's not for everyone.

Lana Olson has been homeschooling her daughters, who are in sixth and third grades, for more than a year.

She says the family had to change their whole lives to accommodate their wish to homeschool the girls.

She gave up a twenty-five year career in daycare to stay home and teach them.

Her husband had to find a way to support them on just his salary.

"You have to be very organized, we plan what time we're going to start, what time we're going to finish, and we plan around any distractions we might have. And I use a lot of rewards," she says.

Olson says overall, the experience has been worth all the hard work, especially because her oldest has made the honor roll.

She says it was not fears over school shootings that led her to homeschool them.

Rather, health issues with one of the girls led to bullying, that she says interfered with their education at public school.

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