Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into twelve regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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Apr 6, 2013
Law & Policy
In our last E-brief, we asked homeschool supporters to contact their senator, if he/she serves on the Committee on Education/Higher Education, and ask him/her to support HB 230/SB 189. If you have not already contacted your senator, please do so and also ask that HB 230 be put on the committee’s calendar.
How You Can Help
Follow this link to see if your senator in on the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education. You can get committee member contact information by following the links on the page.
What Is Happening with the Bills?
As we have already reported, on March 20, HB 230, Amend Law Defining Home Schools, was passed by the NC House of Representatives with a unanimous vote and crossed over to the NC Senate. On March 21, HB 230 passed its first reading in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education.
Since that time, both HB 230 and SB 189 (companion bills) have been in the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education waiting to be debated. The NCHE legislative committee has been concentrating efforts on members of that committee with phone calls and face-to-face meetings in Raleigh. We have had the opportunity to meet with most of the senators who are members of that committee, and the meetings have been very encouraging. Several senators have said they think the bill will easily pass the Senate with no changes to the wording. Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed support.
I had a conversation with one Senator who wishes to know more about two-family homeschools and how they operate. If you are a part of or know of a two-family homeschool, can you please get in touch with me? It would be a great help.
We have asked several senators why our bills have not moved in the committee, and we have received the same answer. They speculate that the committee may not debate the bill until after the May 16 crossover date because of the large number of bills that they want to get passed (over 700 bills). Bills that are not passed by the House of Representatives or the Senate by May 16 are dead and can’t be considered in the remainder of the Regular Session of the 2013-2014 biennium of the NC General Assembly. After May 16, they will begin to work on the bills, such as ours, that have already crossed over.
Questions Asked about the Bill
(These are two common questions that we hear. If you have others, let me know, and we will get them answered.)
How does the bill allow for a co-op gathering of more than two families?
Would this bill require homeschoolers to keep a record of their scope and sequence in case the authorities ask to see a copy?
Mar 20, 2013
Law & Policy
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.
Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education via mail, phone call or email to ask them to support SB 189. If you are a constituent, your request will be more effective. When you call your senator, you will most likely speak with the legislative assistant. Simply ask that the senator support SB 189.
Mar 9, 2013
Law & Policy
HB144: Homeschoold Education Income Tax Credit
HB 144, Homeschool Education Income Tax Credit, has passed the first reading and has been assigned to the House Committee on Education. If favorable it will go to the House Committee on Finance, and if favorable it will go to the House Appropriations Committee.
This bill extends a $1,250 tax credit per semester for each child enrolled in a homeschool. There are a number of conditions that should not be a problem to most homeschoolers. Families claiming the tax credit will be subject to no additional regulations or requirements, other than identifying the children who are being homeschooled. The credit in not a refundable credit, but any unused portion of the credit can be carried forward for the succeeding three years.
If they are not listed below, contact your representative and ask him/her to support HB 144.
Here are the 8 sponsors.
HB 228: Homes Schoolers Participate in School Sports
HB 228, Home Schoolers Participate in School Sports, has passed the first reading and has been assigned to the House Committee on Education. If favorable it will go to the House Committee on Finance.
NCHE has not taken a position on this bill. However, we recognize that it is supported by many homeschoolers, and it could be beneficial to those families. It will have no effect on families in the homeschool community whose children don't participate in public school sports.
Possible problem areas in the bill:
Here are the 16 sponsors.
Feb 20, 2013
We are delighted announce that registration for the NCHE Conference, May 23-25, 2013 is now open! Please register ASAP to secure your spot! Just visit The NCHE Conference and Book Fair website to register today.
Feb 20, 2013
More than just a day at the legislature, it's a look at all three branches of government, a lesson in North Carolina history, and a great springtime outing in Raleigh! Meet other homeschoolers from around the state as we join together to express our appreciation for our elected officials and remind them of the great success of home educators in North Carolina.