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Law & Government Relations

Here you will find information about homeschool law, polcies and procedures impacting North Carolinians.

Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Primer: Definitions & Requirements is a great place to learn more about Article 39.

The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.  DNPE ( is unit of the North Carolina's Department of Administration, a different branch of NC government than the Department of Public Instruction (PDI). David Mills is the currently director of DNPE.

Latest Law & Policy related News & Announcements

  • May 30, 2013

    On May 30, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory enacted

  • Apr 6, 2013

    In our last E-brief, we asked homeschool supporters to contact their senator, if he/she serves on

  • Mar 20, 2013

    Late this afternoon the House of Representatives passed HB 230 with a unanimous vote. The bill now crosses over to the Senate. The companion bill to HB 230, SB 189 is now in the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education.


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Nov 4, 2015

For a quarter of a century, home educators in North Carolina have found it relatively easy to comply with our homeschool law. Anybody who has had much contact with the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) has learned that everybody there is homeschool friendly. This atmosphere goes a long way to make dealing with North Carolina state authorities a generally pleasant experience.

Oct 28, 2015

In the spring of 1985, a significant victory took place in the long legal fight over home education in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Supreme Court ruled that under the current private school law, parents were allowed to educate their children at home.

Apr 1, 2015

Three large multi-state outbreaks of measles in the US have prompted numerous articles about the need for children to be vaccinated. Many of the articles have been critical of parents who choose not to have their children immunized against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The World Health Organization is recommending that all healthy children should be immunized with the MMR vaccine.