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NCHE to consider proposing change to NC homeschool statute

The following email was sent to the HA-NC board of directors. It comes from NCHE. I am posting it to bring awareness and foster discussion and consideration of any potential impact it may have for North Carolina homeschoolers. I urge you to share and discuss with any other homeschool lists you may be on.

Email to HA-NC starts here:

It is my desire for HA-NC and NCHE to work together on this project. I believe that if both organizations speak with one voice we will be more effective. I have spoken with a few legislators and they have indicated that we will have the best chance of success if we keep it simple and if we get a bill introduced early in the legislative session. It is our goal to get a sponsor and have a bill introduced early in February, which doesn’t give us much time. So far, I have set up meetings in Wilmington, Raleigh, Kernersville and Charlotte to get input from homeschoolers. I am working on getting a meeting in the western part of the state.

Here is the current definition of a homeschool in the NC law:
(a) “Home school” means a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.
We are open to suggestions, but here are two possible changes:
(1) “Homeschool” means a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households have their academic instruction taught by or provided for by their parents or legal guardians.

(2) “Homeschool” means a nonpublic school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households have their academic instruction taught by or directed by their parents or legal guardians.

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Spencer Mason
Legislative Vice President,
North Carolinians for Home Education

Home-schooled students keeping up with school-taught peers: Study

“…The study, which was a joint effort between Concordia University in Montreal and Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., looked at a sampling of home-schooled primary students and those taught in the public school system. The 74 students — 37 from each group aged between five and 10 — were evaluated in a number of areas, including reading, math and science.

Lead author Sandra Martin-Chang said the findings do not indicate a deficiency in the school system, but emphasized the potential benefits of learning at home under a firm curriculum and guidelines.

“The students attending the public school were not under-performing — they were doing well — but the structured home-schooled children were doing even better,” said Martin-Chang, a professor in Concordia’s education program….”

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An Inside Look at Homeschooling, from a Kid’s Perspective

“Published September 19, 2010 by:

Brandy Madison

For parents and kids who are thinking about homeschooling, the lifestyle may be so unfamiliar to them that they find themselves wishing they could just talk to a kid who does it; perhaps ask a few questions. To that end, I have interviewed my son, who has been homeschooling for several years. His name is Tony, and he is currently in 7th Grade. Tony has a less common spin on home schooling, simply because he has also attended public school. Here’s hoping that our experiences can give prospective homeschoolers some valuable insight into what homeschooling is like, from a kid’s perspective….”

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Deciding to Home-School


Chandra Hoffman has decided to home-school her 8-year-old son Hayden once this school year ends. She certainly didn’t make this choice to fill her “free” time — her first novel, “Chosen,” is coming out this fall, and most authors clear their calendars for an event like that. But her overstuffed calendar — and her son’s — is precisely the reason she is making this choice.

I have flirted over the years with home schooling. I decided that neither I nor my boys would thrive with that much of each other. And I couldn’t get past the blurring of roles — as a parent I am the unconditional support section, yet a teacher needs to critique and judge.

Hoffman does not see the two roles as colliding, though. In fact she makes the argument that schooling her son at home will free her of one role that makes her cringe — Hayden’s traffic cop. …”

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Cherryholmes Brings New Bluegrass to the Orpheum Theatre

“…Mother Sandy Cherryholmes home schooled her children growing up, thus fostering a bond and closeness with them that was reinforced by the music she taught them as part of their education.

“We ended up choosing to home school when our older daughter, who eventually passed away in ’99…was 13 [and] had an open heart surgery which led to a post-operative stroke,” Sandy explains. “So she was disabled at age 13 and we started home schooling her because we thought we would only be doing it for about six months. I knew nothing about it, had no intention of doing it, but I had these other — you know I was pregnant and I had four other kids, and the ones that were in school…were going to Christian school, and then the boys were taught. And it just came to be a road we took. She never was able to go back to school and then [my husband] Jere had job cut backs and the other two children had to come home, and we figured, well, we’ll home school them too. And we figured we’d do it a couple years, but then after about three years it became a family lifestyle and we did it by choice then, because of all the good things it was offering our family.”…”

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School children registered for home education trebles

“By Niall Murray, Education Correspondent

Monday, May 24, 2010

THE number of children registered for home-schooling has more than trebled to almost 700 in just five years.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) began assessing families whose children are taught at home in 2004, when it received applications from 92 families involving 138 children.

By the end of 2008, there were 439 children from 295 families registered as being home-educated, but a further 200 were added by the end of last year.

In the first three months of 2010, another 18 families and 22 children have been included on the register, bringing the total number of students to 661. …”

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Frisco parents remove daughter from school after bullying




“…Later, Joy decided to share with News 8 what she told her parents about the abuse she had endured at Stafford Middle School.

“I want to die and I can’t put up with this school any more,” she said.

Suicidal thoughts were the last straw for Joy’s parents. They pulled her out of the classroom on Tuesday and plan to set up home schooling.

“When it comes to calling kids racist names — ‘lesbian’ and ‘go dig a hole and crawl in it and die’ — that crosses a line, that is harassment,” Angie Pierce said.

Pierce even filed a police report over an incident that escalated to violence.

“She had been hit with a metal broom head across her forehead,” Pierce said.

Joy’s parents concede that the Frisco ISD educates students about bullying. That’s how Joy knew to speak up.

But they say the help stopped there, so it was time for home schooling….”

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Let the kids lead

“UNLIKE most parents, who leave the education of their young to schools and tuition centres, one mother bravely steps outside the box.

“When I had Andrea, it was natural to base my whole life around her,” says Eileen Lian, 49, who has been home-schooling her two children from the start.

The path she took wasn’t a criticism of the public schooling system, she adds, but rather, a natural progression of parenting. Andrea is now 14 and her brother Joshua, 11.

“I breastfed her and my husband Dennis and I practised attachment parenting, which means the baby was with us at all times. It was about having her around and respecting her as you would an adult. When Andrea reached school-going age, we had no doubt that homeschooling was the way to go.”….”

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