160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Still, the movement is very much alive, led by such groups as Exodus Mandate and the Alliance for Separation of School and State. One new campaign aims to monitor public schools for what conservatives see as pro-gay curriculum and programs; another initiative seeks to draw an additional 1 million children into home schooling by encouraging parents already experienced at it to mentor families wanting to try it. “Home-schoolers avoid harmful school environments where God is mocked, where destructive peer influence is the norm, where drugs, alcohol, promiscuity and homosexuality are promoted,” says the California-based Considering Homeschooling Ministry. Experts say there are more than 6.3 million children in private schools – most of them religious. That doesn’t include home-schooled kids – there were at least 1.1 million of them in 2003, and perhaps more than 2 million now. NEW YORK – Public schools take a lot of criticism, but a growing, loosely organized movement is now moving from harsh words to action – with parents taking their children out of public schools and exhorting other families to do the same. Led mainly by evangelical Christians, the movement depicts public education as hostile to religious faith and claims to be behind a surge in the number of students being schooled at home. “The courts say no creationism, no prayer in public schools,” said Roger Moran, a Winfield, Mo., businessman and member of the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee. “Humanism and evolution can be taught, but everything I believe is disallowed.” The father of nine homeschooled children, Moran co-sponsored a resolution at the Southern Baptists’ annual meeting in June that urged the denomination to endorse a public school pullout. It failed, as did a similar proposal before the conservative Presbyterian Church in America for members to shift their children into home schooling or private Christian schools.