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4/11/2005 5:08:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
North Carolina--DNPE to Stay Under Department of Administration

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April 11, 2005


North Carolina--DNPE to Stay Under Department of Administration


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

To follow up with our E-lert to you of April 4, 2005, I am pleased to
report that the Governor's Office has withdrawn its proposal to
relocate the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) from the
Department of Administration to the Department of Public Instruction
(DPI).

On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, representatives from North Carolinians
for Home Education, the North Carolina Christian Schools Association,
the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Secretary of
Administration Gwynn Swinson, DNPE Director Rod Helder, General
Counsel Brooks Skinner from the Department of Administration, and Dan
Gerlach from the Governor's Office met to discuss concerns raised by
this proposal. Mr. Gerlach explained that the proposal to transfer
DNPE from the Department of Administration to DPI was a budget-driven,
not a policy-driven, proposal. He stated that the idea for the
transfer was generated by the need to locate funds to employ more
people within DNPE to meet the new administrative responsibilities it
now has, such as the driving eligibility certificate program
introduced in 1998. There has also been a substantial increase in the
number of homeschools in North Carolina from 8,171 for the 1995-96
school year to 28,746 for the 2003-04 school year.

Finally, Mr. Gerlach announced that the Governor's Office will inform
legislators that the proposal to shift DNPE to DPI is no longer part
of the budget proposal and is not an appropriate solution to the
manpower problem being experienced within DNPE.

To read the full text of the letter from the Governor's Office
announcing this favorable decision, please go to the website for North
Carolinians for Home Education at http://nche.com/alert.html .

HSLDA extends its thanks to our friends at North Carolinians for Home
Education and especially to President, Hal Young, for his leadership
in thwarting this effort to place DNPE under the authority of state
public school officials.

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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