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The Delconte Case: The First Step in NC Homeschool Freedom

For a quarter of a century, home educators in North Carolina have found it relatively easy to comply with our homeschool law. Anybody who has had much contact with the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) has learned that everybody there is homeschool friendly. This atmosphere goes a long way to make dealing with North Carolina state authorities a generally pleasant experience.

NCHE Celebrates Thirty Years of Legal Homeschooling in North Carolina

In the spring of 1985, a significant victory took place in the long legal fight over home education in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Supreme Court ruled that under the current private school law, parents were allowed to educate their children at home.

Homeschoolers and Public School Virtual Classes

There has been a lot of confusion about the status of homeschool students who take public school virtual classes. The confusion began when Iredell County began to offer NC virtual classes to homeschool students in 2012, and the confusion increased when NC virtual charter schools began recruiting students for this fall.

Homeschool Children: A Risk to Other Children?

Three large multi-state outbreaks of measles in the US have prompted numerous articles about the need for children to be vaccinated. Many of the articles have been critical of parents who choose not to have their children immunized against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The World Health Organization is recommending that all healthy children should be immunized with the MMR vaccine.

Reconceptualizing Prosperity and Early Childhood Education

Kevin McClain, President
North Carolinians for Home Education
​Nov 3, 2014

Common Core and NC Homeschoolers

What Is Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards is a set of standards defining the knowledge and skills that students pre-kindergarten through high school need to master each year to be prepared for the next grade and ultimately college or work. Creating common academic standards across the country was a state-led initiative involving a coalition of governors and educators and has been funded by a number of non-profit organizations and the US Department of Education.

Law and Policy: More Homeschool Regulation Will Not Prevent Child Abuse

The success of homeschooling has been well documented, and the number of homeschools in NC continues to grow. The Erica Parsons case has brought a lot of unwarranted attention to the homeschool community. In July, Erica’s adoptive brother reported her missing nearly two years after he had last seen her. Her adopted parents have said that they didn’t think Erica was missing; they thought she went to live with her biological grandmother two years ago when she was thirteen years old. However, other family members have said that Erica’s biological grandmother died five years ago.

Home Visitations, the Law, and the Credibility of NC Homeschoolers

Editorial by Kevin McClain, President of NCHE

Approximately two weeks ago, the newly appointed director of the Division of Non-Public Education, David Mills, announced his plans to randomly select a small percentage of NC homeschools for an invitation to visit and inspect the records required by law to be kept by homeschoolers. He was beginning with five homeschools.

NCHE Supports Cooperation with Voluntary Requests by DNPE

North Carolina homeschools began receiving email requests from the NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) this fall to go to the DNPE website and provide some information about their homeschool. The information asked for includes verification that the homeschool is still in operation, any modifications to the school's contact information and the homeschool's enrollment numbers. It is important to recognize that the NC homeschool statute does not require homeschools to participate in this annual update. There are no repercussions if a homeschool decides not to participate.

Law and Policy: New Homeschool Definition Passes!

On May 30, 2013, I, along with many homeschool students, parents and supportive legislators witnessed the signing into law of Senate Bill 189 by Governor Pat McCrory. The endeavor that NCHE began in the fall of 2012 was successfully accomplished with the governor’s signature.