From The McDowell News, McDowell County, North Carolina, comes this article, tellingly titled Homeschools more popular than private schools in McDowell:
More kids are homeschooled in McDowell. Although the state has not released its figures for the 2009-10 school year, in 2008-09, 293 homeschools in McDowell educated 491 kids, more than twice the number who attended private schools.
Although homeschooling appears to have been more popular in McDowell than private schooling, that trend is not reflected statewide. In total, for the 2008-09 school year, 77,065 North Carolina kids were homeschooled and 98,545 were private schooled.
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