Senate Bill 189 Becomes Law

30 Jun 2013

On May 30, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory enacted Senate Bill 189, which redefines the term “home school” in state law. The endeavor that NCHE began in the fall of 2012 was successfully accomplished with the governor’s signature. Here is the definition in the new law: “Home school” means a nonpublic school consisting of the children of not more than two families or households, where the parents or legal guardians or members of either household determine the scope and sequence of academic instruction, provide academic instruction, and determine additional sources of academic instruction. It is effective at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
The intent in the wording of the new law is that the parent, legal guardian or member of the household provides at least some of the instruction, but that the homeschool instruction is not limited to only them. They may also go outside of the home for additional instruction. The old law was interpreted to require parents to provide all fundamental (first) instruction in core subjects (language arts, math, science and social studies). The new law allows parents to find additional sources of instruction for all subjects. This will allow grandparents to provide instruction, learning specialists to instruct homeschool students with severe learning disabilities, math tutors to provide fundamental calculus instruction, etc.