Home-schooling has hit a record popularity in North Carolina.
More than 41,000 families taught their children at home last school year. That's the highest number in the 23 years state officials have kept records.
The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that Wake County leads the state, with about 3,700 registered home schools teaching an estimated 7,500 students. A state report released Monday shows Mecklenburg in second, with just under 3,000 schools and about 6,300 students.
All 100 North Carolina counties had home-schoolers, with just over 77,000 children participating. That's up from about 71,600 the previous year.
Home-schoolers from across North and South Carolina meet next week in Charlotte for an annual conference.