Wake Cty Schools And The Funds

News and Observer has an article up about Wake County Schools enrollment numbers being down and the subsequent potential loss of revenue for the school system.

I left a comment:

One has to be that Common Core is a major part of why we have such a huge jump in Homeschooling in the last 2-3 years in North Carolina.
Other states are showing similar increases.

I wouldn’t rule out all the NCAE/Organize 2020 protests that went on in the last two years at our schools or near school grounds either. As a parent, I was less than thrilled to see my child ferry home protest fliers in their homework folder last year.

What’s interesting to me is that Holly Springs students are being forced into Apex schools due to overcrowding. A look at what schools are losing students would be interesting.

A look at homeschooling in Wake County shows a steady increase. Wake County by far has had the highest numbers of homeschoolers in the state.  Common Core began in NC schools in 2012 and has been a factor in the increase in homeschooling in NC:

North Carolina, already a home-schooling hotbed, saw a 14 percent rise last year in the number of students being educated at home, according to a report fromHeartlander Magazine. Similar increases have been seen in Virginia, California and New York, according to education activists.

“If you look at national, and even state polls, you can see that the more familiar people become with Common Core, the more they dislike it,” Bob Lubke, a senior policy analyst for the North Carolina-based Civitas Institute, told FoxNews.com. “They feel like they are losing control of what their kids are learning.”

An official for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which oversees the state’s public schools, says that the uptick in home-school enrollment has had no negative effect. In fact they say it is the opposite.

“We have experienced a statewide increase in enrollment over the past few years,” Vanessa Jeter, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told FoxNews.com. “Since 2012-13, our statewide enrollment has increased by 27,512 students.” Fox News, Opposition to Common Core Spurs Jump In Homeschooling

Note that DPI says the uptick in homeschooling has had no negative effect, yet here we have an article at News and Observer saying funding may decrease. That seems like a negative effect of sorts.

Here’s the list starting in 09-10 as reported by the Division of Non-Public Education. Over this period, there has been an increase of 1,683 students being homeschooled.


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A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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