Source: The News Tribune
On May 27, 2003 The News Tribune reported that "home schooling is gradually growing beyond its conservative, white Christian roots in Washington state... Parents from a growing number of religions and races have joined the movement for a host of reasons, but they often share a dissatisfaction with school systems and a desire to emphasize their cultural or religious values. Evidence of the changing face of home schooling is largely anecdotal, both regionally and nationally. For example, earlier this year, a Muslim home-schooling group formed in Tacoma... The number of home-schoolers registered with the state has hovered at about 19,500 children for each of the past five years, but records are not broken down by race."