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A leading advocate of home schooling says * 1 million to 2 million children, representing 2% to 4% of all U.S. schoolchildren, are taught at home. These numbers don't jibe with the latest government numbers, from 1999, which put the total at 850,000. But Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, contends the federal figure is low because of the home-schooled students who do not report themselves.

Source: CNN, Sept. 3 Register illustration by Tim Rauch