by Daniel Beasely, HSLDA
Uncertainty and disruption caused by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has led to much speculation about potential growth in homeschooling. Virtually every family with school-age children experienced some form of learning, teaching, or tutoring from home this spring. Not all of these families will homeschool this fall, of course. But many will.
If what happened in North Carolina is any indication, homeschooling is going to explode.
The North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education opened its website for processing 2020-2021 homeschool notices on July 1, and by the July Fourth holiday, the website had crashed due to the volume of new homeschool notices that were filed.
Division staff have since fixed the website, but they and private homeschool organization staff alike have been inundated with contacts from parents interested in teaching their children at home this fall.
Spencer Mason, Director of Law and Policy with the North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) told me that based on the number of contacts he has received he was not surprised to hear that parents were rushing to file their homeschool paperwork.
And he’s not alone. His experience is consistent with the increase in contacts Home School Legal Defense Association is receiving from interested parents and busier-than-ever homeschool support groups, co-ops, and organization leaders across the country.
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