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4/4/2005 4:50:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Carolina--Possible Change in State Government Affecting Homeschools

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April 4, 2005


North Carolina--Possible Change in State Government Affecting
Homeschools


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As many of you already know, there is a plan by the Governor's office
to reorganize state government in North Carolina so that the Division
of Non-Public Education would be relocated from the Department of
Administration to the Department of Public Instruction. HSLDA joins
with North Carolinians for Home Education in opposing any effort to
change the authority structure for the Division of Non-Public
Education which oversees homeschools.

While this would not change the homeschool law of North Carolina, the
interests of public school officials may have a detrimental impact on
how homeschools are treated. For example, the Director of the Division
of Non-Public Education would no longer report to the Secretary of
Administration but to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
instead. This may affect various policies and record keeping
procedures of the Division of Non-Public Education in a way that is
not favorable to homeschools. In other words, if this change were to
occur, bureaucrats with various philosophical biases could dictate
homeschool policies and the implementation of the homeschool law.
Currently, homeschoolers in North Carolina enjoy a neutral
administration free from DPI involvement.

North Carolina is unique in the way the state administratively handles
homeschools through its Department of Administration. In all other
states, to the extent that homeschools are overseen by state
government, the Department of Public Instruction or the Department of
Education conducts the oversight. Customarily, there are different
divisions or offices within the department to deal with homeschool
matters. The home educators in North Carolina want to maintain the
distinctive way of relating to state government through the Department
of Administration, and we think that this is a good idea.

It's important to keep in mind that even if this administrative change
takes place in North Carolina, it will not change the legal
requirements for operating a homeschool. Parents will not report to
the local school district, as some have feared, but will continue to
deal only with the Division of Non-Public Education.

On Wednesday of this week, state officials and representatives of
non-public schools, including Hal Young, President of North
Carolinians for Home Education, will meet in an effort to resolve this
issue. We will provide you with more information as it is made
available to us after the meeting.

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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