State continues home school reports
As in years past, the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) sent home schooling families a Home School Report form to complete and return by September 30 this school year.
This form seeks much of the same information previously provided to DNPE when the home school began operation but also seeks additional information beyond what is required by the statutory law governing home schools. For example, the form seeks the telephone number of the family, enrollment of students by sex and ages, and whether the school will continue to operate during the current school year.
According to North Carolina General Statutes § 115C-552 and 115C-560, home schools are required to notify DNPE upon termination of the home school, but they need not report to DNPE each year that the school is continuing to operate.
Home School Legal Defense Association does not discourage our member families in North Carolina from utilizing the state form as requested by DNPE. However, parents operating home schools should be knowledgeable of the limitations of authority granted to DNPE by the North Carolina General Assembly. Submission of the completed Home School Report to the DNPE is voluntary, not mandatory.
- Dewitt T. Black