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Published March 16, 2013, 08:49 PM

Number of students being home schooled is on the rise in North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The number of students being home schooled in North Dakota is on the rise.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The number of students being home schooled in North Dakota is on the rise.

Home schooling wasn't legal in North Dakota until 1989, leaving some families with a tough decision to make.

Sue Huntington/Home School Parent: "Before it was legal, we went underground."

Parents like Sue Huntington were forced to hide the fact they were educating their children at home.

Sue: "We lived right across from the public school, so we didn't let them be outside for about a half hour before school and a half hour after school."

They did anything necessary to make it work.

Sue: "We used whatever curriculum materials we could gather from wherever because they were not a lot of resources available."

Some parents were even taken to court, and worse.

Llora Knight/North Dakota Home School Association: "We had families going to jail."

Huntington says she remembers going to court to support her friends and fellow home school parents.

Sue: "There's some laws that are just not really right. Doesn't always make it right to break it, but your children are your most precious commodity."

Families no longer live in fear of educating their children at home. In fact, they come together at conventions like the one put on this weekend by the North Dakota Home School Association.

Ken Knight/ND Home School Association: "It's just a good time for home schoolers to get together from all over the state to spend some time fellow-shipping with each other."

The conferences aren't just for socializing, they also feature new technology and curriculums.

Members of the state's Home School Association say they will continue pushing for legislation to support home school families.

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