Petition Closed
Petitioning NC BOARD OF EDUCATION: Legislative Director Ann McColl and 1 other

NC Board of Education: Approve K12.com Tuition Free Public Homeschool Option for Families In NC

 

Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system

 

 

 

Approx. 2.5 million families homeschool in the United States alone

 

According to this news story in 2010 http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7588025, homes schooling in NC has increased/doubled over the last 10 years.

 

There were 43,316 home schools for the 2009-2010 school year compared to 16,623 for 1999-2000.

 

The state estimates about 81,500 children statewide were homeschooled 2009-2010.

 

According to http://www.ncdnpe.org/homeschool2.aspx

 

The number of registered calculated home schooling students is estimated:  79,693

 

Families in NC are not expected to register their household until the child reaches 7 years of age, so this number could actually be larger, as most families begin home schooling around 4-5 years of age or younger.

 

 

 

NC Register: 10 Reasons They Homeschool....

 

Why do people homeschool? Tim Drake over at the NC Register's blog gives us some clues. Here are some stats:

 

Delving into the Department of Education’s 2007 and 2003 reports on homeschooling, one can find interesting information. We’ve already reported the news that homeschooling has nearly doubled over the last 8 years, resulting in 1.5 million homeschooled students.

According to the 2007 report, here are the Top 10 Reasons Parents Homeschool:

1. Provide Religious or Moral Instruction
2. Concern about the Environment of other Schools
3. Dissatisfaction with the Academic Instruction Available Elsewhere
4. Child has a Physical or Mental Health Problem
5. Child has other Special Needs
6. Interest in nontraditional approach to education
7. More family time
8. Family finances
9. Ability to travel
10. Distance to school

One statistic is of note. Between 2003 to 2007, the percentage of students whose parents reported homeschooling to provide religious or moral instruction increased from 72 percent to 83 percent. In 2003, that reason came in second, behind Concern about the Environment in other Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

"Question: If Method 1 spends - on a national average - $10,000 per child annually, and Method 2 spends only $500-$3000 per child, but Method 2 delivers better academic results, which method is preferable?

 

Fact: The average government school spends $10,000 per child per year, but its students scored 1.4 points lower than the family sponsored homeschooled child on the ACT, according to results from 2009."

 

 

 

Imagine how many families wish they could afford even $500 to homeschool.. Let’s consider these facts..

 

FNS (Food & Nutrition ASSISTANCE Services)

 

State Total For September 2012 Is:  State Total 706690 Families receiving Food Assistance

 

 

 

  1,480,991 Students are enrolled in Public School, and 706,690 Families receive FNS

 

Then how many of those students can afford paying the cost of homeschooling?

 

How many would benefit or want to homeschool if there was funding or programs available?

 

 

 

Helpful Links & Resources

 

http://www.ncdnpe.org/documents/hhh510t.pdf

 

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/stats/docs/FNSCA/FNSCA09-12.pdf

 

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/stats/fsp.htm

 

http://www.ncdnpe.org/hhh500.aspx#link1

 

http://homeschooling.families.com/blog/the-cost-of-homeschooling-vs-the-cost-of-public-school#

 

http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/20110318-fastfacts.pdf

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Home schooling with K12, is more cost effective for NC Education Funding vs the cost per child in Public School

 

Higher Testing Scores for Home schooled Kids

 

K12 Tuition Free Program makes Home schooling more available for families who can not afford a traditional curriculum or have the time to piece their own curriculum together.

 

K12.com Tuition Free Program gives all familes a choice and a right to access education at home

 

 

 

Please Help !

 

Let NC Government Know How You Feel By Your Signature Each Time This Petition Is Signed It will be forwarded to::

 

EMAIL:

 

 

 

Ann McColl

 

NC BOARD OF EDUCATION: Legislative Director

 

amccoll@dpi.state.nc.us

 

 

 

NC Constituent Services Office

 

Office of the Governor

 

governor.office@nc.gov

 

 

 

Letter to
NC BOARD OF EDUCATION: Legislative Director Ann McColl
Office of the Governor NC Constituent Services Office
We who sign the following petition support home schooling equality rights, with access to curriculum regardless of financial status for all NC families and request that the NC Board of Education comply with our request to provide a public school option home school program Tuition free such as K12 to all families, without infringing upon NC families choice in curriculum.