by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The Division of Non-Public Education just released the enrollment totals for home and private schools the 2015-16 school year.
North Carolina had an estimated 118,268 home school students last year, a staggering increase of 11,415 students from the year before. That is an increase of nearly 11 percent in just one year! I mean, wowza!
Private school enrollment inched up by roughly 500 students. It is possible that some of this growth was due to the Opportunity Scholarship and Special Needs Scholarship programs.