A History of Homeschooling in NC

In the late '80s a small group of concerned parents helped pass a law making NC one of the most homeschooling-friendly states in the nation.

2013 marked the 25th anniversary of North Carolina’s homeschool law. It is now also the year the law was amended. 

It is good to reflect on our history while we also imagine and work for the future of homeschooling in NC.

Home Education in North Carolina: the Early History 1979-1988

This five part series was written by Spencer Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the passing of the law. 

  1. The Modern Homeschool Movement Nexus
  2. NCHE, the Beginning
  3. The Calm before the Storm (1985-1986)
  4. The Skirmish Is Lost (1987)
  5. Victory! 1988


Spencer Mason

Spencer Mason and his wife, Debbie, homeschooled their four children from birth through high school, starting in 1981. Now their four grandchildren are being homeschooled. Spencer has served on the NCHE board for twenty-seven years—serving in several different positions, including twice as president. He now serves as law and policy director where he managed the successful campaign to improve our homeschool law in 2013. Under his leadership, NCHE maintains a respected voice on both sides of the aisle in the legislature. In addition to his board position, he is now serving as the NCHE executive office manager.