News & Announcements

8 Oct 2013

NCHEAC to Offer Fencing

NCHE is excited to announce that NCHE Athletic Commission (NCHEAC) is starting a fencing league as of fall 2013 with a league tournament in February.

Fencing has been growing in popularity for a number of years. There have been homeschooled students playing on recreation teams and competing against public schools for several years. NCHE is pleased to say that we are now able to offer this sport its own league through the NCHEAC.

There are currently coaches in place for Buncombe County, Durham County, Forsyth County, Guilford County, New Hanover County and Surry County.

If you are interested in fencing in your area, please contact us, and we will try to help find someone to get you started. We look forward to the sport growing even more!

If you need more information, please contact the NCHEAC fencing league coordinator:
Tammy Reid (Lady Aine O Grienan) at


In other NCHEAC news:

NCHEAC cross country meet is October 19 in Winston-Salem. Contact is Ernest Hodges at, (336) 918-9143.

NCHEAC swim meet is Saturday, February 8, 2014.  You can register a team or compete as an individual through the registration deadline of January 15, 2014 by filling out a registration form at:


2 Oct 2013

DNPE to Renew Homeschool Visitation

NCHE has learned that DNPE director, David Mills, has randomly selected 5 homeschools for home inspection. These homeschools received a letter informing them that David Mills planned to spend 30 minutes with them, inspecting their attendance, immunization and standardized test records and addressing any questions concerning compliance with NC homeschool law. The letter gave a date and time for the visit but also provided for the homeschool to call and offer alternative dates and times.

NCHE President Kevin McClain spoke with David Mills, who was recently named director after serving DNPE for nearly 30 years, by phone about the home inspection initiative. According to Director Mills, the home inspection practice, as permitted in the law, was a regular practice in the late 80s and that it was the original goal of department that every homeschool in the state be visited. According to Mills, in the 80s he visited thousands of homes in his DNPE role. However, as homeschooling in NC grew, the department's resources made home inspection impractical. Therefore, the department pursued other programs, including inspection my mail and local area visits. These programs were voluntary as they are not prescribed by law.

According to Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes, sections 115C-549, 115C-557, 115C-563 and 115C-564, homeschools are to make required records available upon visitation by a "duly authorized representative" to the "principal's office." NCHE believes that DNPE is carrying out their duty in inspecting the records. We encourage NC home educators to respectually interact with DNPE officials. However, if you are not comfortable with DNPE officials in your home, because of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you may refuse to let them into your home. However, you are required to meet them at your home and let them inspect the records.  According to Mills, there is no penalty for not complying with the inspection.

Mills communicated that the DNPE office has received numerous inquiries regarding the accountability of NC homeschoolers and DNPE's fulfillment of its duties regarding NC homeschools.

Director Mills communicated that his goal to help NC homeschools by using the limited resources available to him to carry out the duties of the department.

The inspection of a random sampling of NC homeschools demonstrates that DNPE is actively serving NC citizens and that NC homeschools know and understand the requirements of the law.

17 Sep 2013

Mills Appointed Director of Division of Non-Public Education

NCHE is pleased to announce that Mr. David Mills has been promoted to be the new Director of the Division of Non-Public Education. 

Mr. Mills began his work for the state when he was hired by Governor Jim Martin’s staff in 1986 to work in the Division of Non-Public Education, which was formerly housed under the Governor’s Office. Since then, Mr. Mills has worked for the Division for the last 27 years.

Many on the NCHE board of directors have worked with Mr. Mills through the years and have found him to be a friend to homeschoolers. We look forward to working with him in his new position.

Read the announcement on the NC DNPE website. 

10 Sep 2013

Sean McDowell to Speak at 2014 Conference

NCHE is excited to announce that Sean McDowell will be one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Annual Conference.

Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the Gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a biblical worldview. He serves as head of the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches philosophy, theology and apologetics.

As a high school teacher, Sean has exceptional insight into the prevailing culture and imparts his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. His apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in theology and philosophy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in apologetics and worldview studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean has also appeared as a guest on radio shows such as Focus on the Family, Point of View, Converse with Scholars, Stand to Reason.

Sean recently released GodQuest, a six-week DVD-based curriculum complete with fiction and non-fiction books and a workbook. He is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?,Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Experience Your Bible, The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant FaithEvidence for the Resurrection and More Than a Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. Sean is the general editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also writtenEthix: Being Bold in a Whatever World and has contributed to YouthWorker JournalDecision Magazineand the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at

In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7. He likes to brag about his ping-pong skills.

2 Sep 2013

NCHE President Interviewed Regarding Call for Increased Homeschool Oversight

NCHE President Kevin McClain is quoted in a WSOC-TV(9)/TV64 Charlotte segment regarding the announcement made by the biological mother of a missing Rowan county girl, Erica Parsons, that she would advocate for modifications to North Carolina's homeschool law. 

The segment began airing September 2nd.

The segment is viewable online for the general public. A full transcript of the segment is also available.

To access the segment and transcript, go to WSOC-TV: Biological mother of Erica Parsons announces push for new law named 'Erica'.


Related: The Accountability of Home Educators


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26 Aug 2013

Todd Wilson to Speak at 2014 Conference

NCHE is excited to announce that Todd Wilson will be one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Annual Conference.

​Todd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family.

As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly email for dads, seminars and books that encourage parents.

Todd and his wife, Debbie, homeschool their eight children in northern Indiana and travel around America in the Familyman mobile. You can visit Familyman Ministries at

26 Aug 2013

NCHE Board members featured in Triad News Segment

NCHE Board members Amanda Wares (Region 5 Director) and Kevin McClain (President) are featured in a News14 Greensboro segment on North Carolina homeschool standards and accountability.

The segment began airing August 25.

The segment is viewable online for Time Warner Cable subscribers.

A full transcript of the segment is available for the general public.

To access the segment and transcript, go to the Triad News 14: Advocates speak out in favor of homeschooling.


Related: The Accountability of Home Educators


Support NCHE's homeschool advocacy efforts.

24 Aug 2013

The Accountability of NC Home Educators

The Rowan County case of a missing girl, Erica Parsons, whose adopted parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, filed an intent to homeschool but were not legally homeschooling Erica has caused some to question NC home education practices and law.

The NC state law governing home education, Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes, includes the requirements:  The home educating family must notify the state of their intent, provide instruction to their students, maintain records of attendance and immunization, operate on a regular schedule, and annually take a nationally-standardized assessment, keeping the results on file for at least a year, and make available to a state representative upon inspection.

NCHE believes that North Carolina homeschool law is a good one with the right amount of accountability for those who will obey law and be active citizens. NCHE is concerned about the abuse or neglect of any child and has discussed what we can do to help prevent this. The law in NC is that any citizen who suspects an adult of engaging in child abuse or neglect is to report it to the authorities.   We have communicated this law to our constituents.  It is important for the public to understand that NC public schools are not uniquely charged or empowered with preventing child abuse or neglect.  NC public schools are charged with educational services to citizens who choose to forgo other means of providing an education to their children. Ongoing child abuse and neglect speaks to a larger problem of our society, the loss of community.  The typical homeschooling family is engaged and active in their community. The typical home educator participates in religious and civic associations.  They collaborate with other homeschoolers and frequent educational public services, like parks,  museums and science centers.

NC law rightly recognizes that educational entities, such as private schools and homeschools, which do not receive funds from the state for educational services, are not responsible to the state to give account of the educational progress of students. In contrast, NC public schools are taxpayer-funded. Therefore they are accountable to NC citizens for the educational progress of enrolled students.

However, NC's home education law recognizes that attendance records and assessment results are useful for educational accountability. There is ample evidence that homeschoolers are making good use of these records and results.

In a study of homeschool students published in 2011, NC homeschool students ranked 84% in nationally standardized achievement tests. That means they scored higher than 83% of the students in the nation. The national average, by definition, is 50%.

In legal principle, NC's home education law functions similar to the car child restraint laws. These laws strike an important balance between protecting children and maintaining the freedom of parents to act. When a family disregards the law, children are endangered. The authorities do what they can to make sure that parents obey these laws, but in the case of child restraint laws, to stop and inspect every car on the road to make sure the parent is obeying these laws is to severally restrict the capacity to travel and at a great financial expense to the state.  Responsible parents are citizens who have a high regard for good laws, thus providing an optimal journey for all those involved.

Each NC citizen bears responsibility for the welfare of our children.  The typical NC homeschool family is deeply invested in the welfare of children. The typical NC homeschool family supports public education through taxes, educates responsibly in the home, is an active community member and has a high regard for the law.

It is individuals who disregard the law who endanger the welfare of others. They are the ones who need to be held accountable.


Support NCHE's homeschool advocacy efforts.

19 Aug 2013

Rachael Carman to Speak at 2014 Conference

NCHE is excited to announce that Rachael Carman will be one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Annual Conference.

Rachael Carman is a wife and mother, and she is passionate about both roles. She and Davis have been married twenty-five years, and they have been blessed with seven children ranging in age from nine to twenty-two. Her journey into homeschooling included a bumpy start, but she is grateful that God brought her to this place. She is thankful for the daily experience of His faithfulness and grace in this adventure of a lifetime. 

Since 2002, Rachael has been on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education. A year later, she started Real Refreshment Retreats for homeschool moms. In 2005, she had the privilege of authoring a book for Focus on the Family entitled Soundbites from Heaven—What God Wants Us to Hear When We Talk to Our Kids

The most recent step in her journey has been to enter the world of homeschool curriculum publishing. In June 2008, Rachael and Davis became the new owners of Apologia Educational Ministries. God has given them a vision to expand the ministry of Apologia by bringing the moms’ retreat under its umbrella. Apologia held its first Real Refreshment Retreat in Baltimore in 2009; and the retreat has expanded to other locations, including Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, and Big Lake, Alaska. Her ultimate goal, and the Apologia mission, is to help homeschool families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith.

Rachael’s latest book, How to Have A H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids, is published by Apologia. She has enjoyed speaking and encouraging homeschool groups for over fifteen years. It is her heart’s desire to become all God has planned for her to be for His glory. She loves challenging others to dare living in reckless, obedient faith. Rachael is quick to admit her many imperfections and share stories that highlight her shortcomings and the redemptive hand of Jesus Christ. Her humor will put you at ease; her honesty will surprise you; and her heart will inspire you to go deeper, stand firm and be strong!

13 Aug 2013

Diana Waring to Speak at 2014 Conference

NCHE is excited to announce that Diana Waring will be one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Annual Conference.

Diana Waring is the author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and Diana Waring's History Revealed world history curriculum. Diana discovered years ago that the key to education is relationship. Diana started homeschooling in the early '80s and homeschooled her children through high school. This experience provided her the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was honoring Him, the creator of all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana cares about how people learn as well as what they learn. Audiences on four continents have enthusiastically received her energetic speaking style.