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  • Summary date: Apr 19 2023 - View Summary

    Amends the following provisions concerning home schools. Amends GS 115C-563 to replace the term "duly authorized representative of the State" with "Director," defined as the Director, Division of Nonpublic Education, or his or her designee. Adds and defines "parent" as a parent or legal guardian.

    Amends GS 115C-564 by adding the requirement that home school have a chief administrator, who is a parent of one or more of the children in the home school, who will be responsible for submitting required information to the Director. Requires the chief administrator to annually submit a notice of intent to operate a home school; requires the Director to establish what information must be included in the notice and requires that at least the nine listed pieces of information be provided. After receiving the notice, requires the Director to issue an acknowledgement of operation unless the school is not authorized to operate. Makes a home school receiving the acknowledgement eligible to satisfy the requirements of compulsory school attendance. Prohibits a parent from establishing or continuing to operate a home school if: (1) the chief administrator or any other adult providing academic instruction to enrolled children has been convicted of any of the 14 listed criminal offenses, or (2) the child has been removed from the parent's custody following an adjudication that the child is an abused or neglected juvenile.

    Applies to home schools operating beginning with the 2023-24 school year.