An article on homeschooling’s growth in North Carolina, linked from the front page of the Raliegh, NC News-Observer:
The number of home schools has steadily increased across the state since home-schooling became legal in 1985, going from 381 schools that year to nearly 43,316 schools today, according to a recent report released by the N.C. Department of Administration, which registers the state’s home schools.
While 66 percent of North Carolina home schools are religiously affiliated, a growing number of parents are choosing home school because they feel they can do a better job than public schools, particularly for gifted and special-needs children, said Spencer Mason, president of North Carolinians for Home Education, a statewide support group and lobbying organization for home schools.
“A lot of parents are disappointed in how schools deal with special needs,” Mason said. His four children were home-schooled in Charlotte, starting in 1981.