Anna Duggar’s Homeschooling Could Be in Jeopardy Due to Josh Duggar

Duggar family followers still await sentencing following Josh Duggar’s guilty verdict. In the meantime, all eyes remain on Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna Duggar. Anna and Josh have seven children together, and the Duggars choose to homeschool their kids. Unfortunately for Anna, she might have trouble homeschooling after Josh returns from prison.

How many children do Josh Duggar and Anna Duggar have?

Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar of the Duggar family smiling and posing together
Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Josh Duggar and Anna Duggar have seven children, with the most recent born before Josh’s trial. Like Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the couple believes in having as many children as God calls them to have, meaning they forego birth control. Jim Bob and Michelle also believed this, which resulted in the 19 Duggar children. It seemed like Anna and Josh headed toward this same path.

“Meet little Madyson Lily Duggar!” Anna captioned the post her seventh newborn on Nov. 16, 2021.

Josh and Anna’s kids have names starting with the letter M. Mackynzie is the oldest, followed by Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason, and Maryella. Before the trial, Anna posted photos of her kids to Instagram frequently, but she’s been noticeably absent from social media since the guilty verdict.

Josh Duggar’s children can’t receive homeschooling in their home if Josh lives there in the future

Like most of the Duggar family, Josh and Anna Duggar chose to homeschool their children. But it looks like this might not be possible in Arkansas following Josh’s prison time. According to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, Arkansas is one of two states where the law prohibits homeschooling in households that include registered sex offenders. Josh’s crimes make him a convicted sex offender, though he currently doesn’t live in the household with the kids. He’s in jail awaiting sentencing.

“Will Anna be able to continue homeschooling once Josh is released from prison?” a Reddit user asked. “Only two states in the USA prohibit people with criminal convictions against children from homeschooling, and one of them is Arkansas!”

“OK, let’s say he gets out 10 years from now because that’s very plausible,” one Reddit user posited. “His youngest will be 10. Their others, I think, 12, 14, 16, 18, etc. They could easily ‘send’ them to the big house or [Jessa’s] home and argue that the kids are not being schooled at home.”

“If they don’t allow it, one of two things will happen — the kids go to public school, or they go to another family member, BUT that means the county/state will most likely be required to monitor the quality of education since it’s now being reported,” another Duggar family follower noted.

When is Josh Duggar’s sentencing?

Josh Duggar’s sentencing won’t happen until May 2022. He was initially found guilty of two child sexual abuse material charges in December 2021. While sentencing was originally set for April 5, 2022, the new date sentencing date stands for May 25, 2022, according to KNWA Fox24.

Josh currently resides in Washington County Detention Center until sentencing. He potentially faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines total ($250,000 for each count). Anna hasn’t made any public comments regarding the upcoming sentencing. But she left a clue on her Instagram regarding where she stands. On Feb. 3, 2022, she posted a link and the caption, “There’s more to the story.” Given this post, it appears she believes in Josh’s innocence.

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