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    District enrollment market share was 76.6% last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year.  With that figure published, we can determine the enrollment market shares for the pandemic school year. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in 2019-20 to 76.6% in 2020-21.
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021
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    NC Schools: Every School Option in North Carolina

    Choosing the right school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task. North Carolina has so many different options for children across the state. We hope this comprehensive list will help you make the right choice in NC schools for your child. Our friends at Parents for Educational Freedom…
    Brenee Goforth, July 7, 2021
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    EdChoice releases report: “Families’ Schooling Experiences in North Carolina”

    EdChoice just published a new report that examines North Carolina’s school choice programs by surveying K–12 parents in the state.  According to “Families’ Schooling Experiences in North Carolina,” Over 80 percent of Education Savings Account (ESA) parents and Opportunity Scholarship parents are satisfied with their respective school choice programs.
    Terry Stoops, September 17, 2020
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    EdChoice: NC top 10 state for school choice

    EdChoice released its rankings of states based on Educational Choice Share, the proportion of all K–12 students who are enrolled in an education savings account, school voucher, or tax-credit scholarship program.  On this measure (and excluding the District of Columbia), North Carolina ranked 12th in the nation with an…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2020
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    COVID-19 Could Increase Homeschoolers in N.C.

    COVID-19 has brought a wave of new trends, from fashion masks to Tik Tok challenges. One trend that North Carolina is seeing, is an increased interest in homeschooling. As Dr. Terry Stoops writes in his research brief this week: According to survey results released by EdChoice, homeschooling is riding…
    Brenee Goforth, August 21, 2020
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    Homeschool registration website is back up and running

    The notice of intent website crashed on July 1 due to unprecedented demand.  The website has been restored. Last school year, the estimated homeschool enrollment was 149,173 students.  I predict that the number will exceed 160,000 during the 2020-21 school year.
    Terry Stoops, July 7, 2020
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    Campbell University tackles myths about homeschooling

    A superb article from Campbell University Magazine: “In the world of social media and the internet, homeschoolers are far from living the sequestered and family-focused lifestyle they once endured,” [student Brianna] Fanning says. “We had access to co-ops, weekly classes with other students in the area, travel team…
    Terry Stoops, June 23, 2020
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    AFC poll: 40% of families are more likely to homeschool, enroll in virtual schools

    The American Federation for Children (AFC) released results from a new national poll.  (All AFC polling can be found at According to the survey, 40% of families say they are more likely to homeschool or enroll in virtual schools after lockdowns end.  For…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2020