home schools

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    Estimate: Only two states have more home schoolers than NC

    Estimating the number of home-school students is more art than science.  While North Carolina’s Division of Non-Public Education takes a systematic approach to counting the number of home schools and students in the state, few other states do. Every year, the A to Z Home’s Cool website publishes…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2018
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    Districts fuel desire for educational options

    If you listen to the mainstream media or public school advocacy groups, you might believe that sinister, for-profit meanies are driving the demand for school choice by depicting district schools as defective or immoral institutions. But districts do a fine job of alienating families without any help from school choice…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2018
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    Home school enrollment up 8 percent to 127,847 students

    According to the Division of Non-Public Education, North Carolina home schools educated an estimated 127,847 students during the 2016-17 school year.  The number of home school students increased by 8 percent, and the year-to-year increase was over 9,500 students. Wake County still leads the pack with nearly 12,000 home…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017
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    Districts solicit homeschoolers to boost enrollment, revenue

    After years of losing enrollment and market share to homeschools, school districts are looking for ways to bring them back into the district system, mostly to boost revenues.  Last year, Tammy Covil wrote about school district recruitment efforts that invite homeschool families to enroll in district-sponsored e-learning academies.  She…
    Terry Stoops, March 3, 2017
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    HB 136 gets the attention of homeschoolers

    House Bill 136 lowers the compulsory attendance age from 7- to 6-years-old.  While their intentions are good, bill sponsors may have failed to consider how that change would affect home schools. A homeschool parent posted the following comment on the North Carolinians for Home Education Facebook page:…
    Terry Stoops, February 22, 2017
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    Voices for Choices

    Americans for Prosperity NC has a fantastic new website, Voices for Choices.  As part of their statewide launch, AFP-NC released a short film about the impact of school choice expansion in North Carolina.
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2015
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    NC home schools: 107,000 students strong

    Today, the NC Division of Non-Public Education released home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.  It was a remarkable year for North Carolina’s home schools. Not only was there a 9 percent increase in the number of homeschoolers statewide, the homeschool population eclipsed 100,000 students for the first…
    Terry Stoops, June 30, 2015