home schools

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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
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    Budget proposes moving DNPE into Governor’s Office

    The Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is a small office housed in the Department of Administration.  DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina.  Governor McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE “under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.” If the measure survives…
    Terry Stoops, March 25, 2015