Director of Non-Public Education to conduct home school site visits for first time in 22 years

David Mills, the recently-promoted director of the Division of Non-Public Education, will conduct site visits of five home schools this week–the first site visits to take place in more than 20 years.

Mills randomly selected the five home schools and also sent letters informing them that he will spend 30 minutes with them at their home, giving them a specific date and time and offering to allow the home school educators to suggest alternative dates and times that work better for them, according to North Carolinians for Home Education.

For the past two decades, Mills’ office has conducted what he called “record reviews” of home schools in church basements across the state, in addition to allowing home schoolers to send in their compliance paperwork. “But this month I’ll be conducting the first home visits in 22 years,” Mills told NC Policy Watch in an interview last week.

Mills said that home schools have grown from just a few hundred back in the 1970s to now more than 57,000 homeschools that the state has on record today. “We couldn’t go out and see 57,000 home schools each year,” said Mills. But having several home school educators come to church basements to present their immunization, attendance and standardized test records made it possible to provide some oversight, Mills said.

NCHE’s website says that if home schools are not comfortable with home visits, they are entitled to refuse the visit under the 4th Amendment, as long as they present the records to DNPE outside of the home.

10 Comments

  1. Alan

    October 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What’s up? Is the Civitas office on vacation today??? No posts?

  2. John

    October 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Expect there to be a lot of 4th amendment invocations. Homeschoolers aren’t stupid.

  3. Jim Wiseman

    October 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    They’re probably somewhere taking someone seriously.

  4. Alan

    October 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Civitas and seriously should not be used in the same sentence…

  5. Jim Wiseman

    October 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Plus they’re busy working and being happy. That probably doesn’t make sense to you either.

  6. Robert

    October 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I would simply respond to the letter with a big NO. This agency has no true authority to visit anyone’s home without a warrant and I’d tell them to go climb a tree for the records. These petty bureaucrats need to be told where to get off!

  7. Christine

    October 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

    When the state gives you the right to homeschool, they can also take it away. That is the ultimate problem with state-controlled education where homeschoolers are concerned. They are always trying to gain more power and control. As for me and mine, they shall never have it.

  8. JJ

    October 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    If you want to get technical the only documents required by law to let them see is the testing scores. They are not required by law to show the attendance records or immunization records per HSLDA. Homeschoolers need to be aware of this law in NC. FYI

  9. Mark

    October 14, 2013 at 6:10 am

    look at this: making them **present their immunization**… This is what it’s all about (as usual with the state and “education”): it’s all about surveillance of people, quite unrelated to “educational” matters — they don’t give a damn of whether or not sutdents learn something (though they claim that that’s their ‘legit’ rason ro invading homes)…

    Looks pretty much like Common Core which isn’t abour ‘education’ either but collecting data, coercing the individual, extending the surveillance state.

    I mean, a ‘mild form of supervision’ does not seem so outlandish at first sight, but the tendency behind all this is quite clear — and that’s why even such ‘mild’ request and changes in policy need to be countered right from the start!

  10. RayJ

    October 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    LOL … that cracked me up! What a joke.