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 Via: WRAL

The number of North Carolina students being home-schooled has more than doubled over the last decade, according to data released Monday by the state Division of Non-Public Education.

In the 2009-10 school year, more than 81,000 children attended more than 43,000 home schools – defined as “a non-public school in which one or more children of not more than two families or households receive academic instruction from parents or legal guardians, or a member of either household.”

That number is up from about 28,000 students in 16,000 schools in 1999-2000 and 809 students in 381 schools in 1985-86, the first year for which data is available.