Homeschooling reached a milestone in North Carolina in the 2014-15 school year. The number of students enrolled in homeschools in the state topped 100,000. Officially, the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education lists 106,853 students in homeschools, up from 98,172 the previous year, or a 9 percent increase. In 1985-86, the first year homeschooling was legal in North Carolina, 809 students were educated at home. Of the 67,804 home schools in the state, 41,522 are considered religious while another 26,282 are independent home schools.
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Thousands of parents who were forced to homeschool during the COVID-19 pandemic have opted to continue educating their children at home.