A record number of parents are exercising a form of school choice in North Carolina. The Associated Press reported last week that more than 38,000 North Carolina families decided to home school their children. While educrats in this state turn a blind eye to high school drop outs and continue to use tests that don’t compare our students to the national results, 71,000 children are being educated outside of the public education system.
This trend is growing. According to the NC Division of Non-Public Education, the state has gone from 33,000 estimated homeschool students in 2000 to 71,000 for the 2007-2008 school year. That’s growth of more than 115%. Keeping in mind the rate of population growth as well as the increasing popularity of homeschooling as a viable option, there are still more kids being educated outside of the state system than ever before.
When the customer is not happy with the product he or she is paying for, the customer will look for a better product even if they have to spend more money beyond what they pay in taxes. What is North Carolina’s education bureacracy doing to compell 38,000 families to walk away from something they have already bought and paid for?