Enrollment in North Carolina private schools grew by the largest number in 50 years, while the number of students who are home schooling dropped.

There are now 115,311 students attending private schools, a 7.4% increase from the prior year.

The enrollment surge coincides with legislative changes made in recent years that made it easier for families to get taxpayer money to attend private schools.

“We should be looking to allow taxpaying citizens to get access to tax dollars to access the school of their choice,” Brian Jodice, executive vice president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, said in an interview Friday.

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The News & Observer | by T. Keung Hui | July 1, 2022