Questionnaire in Transylvania
Transylvania County Schools recently sent a questionnaire to all homeschooling families in the area asking them to provide certain information about their homeschool. The questionnaire asked such things as how many children are homeschooled, the number of children in the family needing special education services, and how many children have completed school.
Homeschools in North Carolina are governed exclusively by the provisions of §115C-563 of the General Statutes of North Carolina. A new homeschool is required to send the Director of the Division of Non-Public Education in the Office of Administration in Raleigh a notice of intent to operate, the name and address of the school, and the name of the school's owner and chief administrator. Additionally, homeschools must make available for inspection at the principal office of the school all standardized test records for a period of one year after testing. This inspection would be conducted by the Division of Non-Public Education, not the local school district. Homeschools are not required to provide local school districts with any information about their students or programs at any time.
Home School Legal Defense Association advised our member families in Transylvania County that state law does not require them to respond to the questionnaire sent by the school.
— Dewitt T. Black