In New York, as new immunisation laws take effect, there has been a surge in parents home schooling their children.

When Jenni Mahnaz started a business working with parents who wanted to remove their children from the traditional school system seven years ago, there seemed to be little obvious need for what she would deliver. Unlike groovy precincts of the West Coast or evangelical communities in the South, New York — cynical, status-obsessed, frantically scheduled — is not an obvious place for the expansion of at-home education.

Her business, NY Homeschool Help, has grown steadily, but these past several weeks

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