Earlier this year, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled for a homeschooling family charged with 5 counts of truancy. But the state Department of Education continued pursuing more control of homeschoolers. The article below gives more details on the hearing packed with homeschoolers concerned with the Department’s newest proposal.
Omaha World-Herald Nebraska home-school families denounce ‘tyranny’ of new rule By Martha Stoddard and Joe Dejka
Parents who want to home-school need not get approval from the state but must notify state officials of their plans. About 7,200 Nebraska kids are home-schooled.But Haley Buell, a senior who has been home-schooled, said the earlier paperwork deadlines would give parents less time to choose the right curriculum for their children.The filings must include information about the planned program of instruction. Most curriculum fairs take place in May and June.
Buell also objected to the idea that students would have to stay in a public or private school while waiting for state acknowledgment of the home school, which could take up to 30 days.
She pointed to the attack on a Lincoln Pius X High School student as an example of a case where parents may decide to get their child out of a school right away.
Hopefully, Nebraska homeschoolers have nipped this proposition to increase control in the bud. If the Department of Education continues pursuit, the proposals would be presented to the State Board of Education for its final decision.
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