After the Nebraska Department of Education lost their appeal in a Nebraska Supreme Court decision, they kept the drumbeat going by proposing new and limiting revisions for homeschooling families. The grind continues for homeschool advocates to stay on the watch. Instead of dropping these proposals after huge homeschool opposition, they’re going at their ideas from a different direction.
The question is whether rule changes are at all necessary and the modifications should just be dropped.
New Nebraska rules for home-schooling parents put on hold
By Joe Dejka World-Herald Bureau
The Nebraska Department of Education will rethink proposed rule changes affecting families who home-school their children after advocates turned out in force at a hearing last month to oppose them.
And this time, the education department’s Russ Inbody told the Nebraska Board of Education on Thursday, state officials will meet with those home-schooling advocates to get their suggestions for drafting rule changes intended to prevent conflicts with the state’s tougher truancy law.
“We probably should have done it in the first place,” Inbody said. “But we thought we were helping. Obviously, people thought differently.”
The Journal Star’s article linked below does suggest these pitches were never for the homeschooling families’ convenience.
State Ed Department to rethink changes to home-school rules
By Margaret Reist Lincoln Journal Star
State officials said the changes would help local school officials and law enforcement officers know that home-schooled children were not violating Nebraska’s beefed-up truancy laws.
Home schoolers turned out in force at Oct. 15 hearings on the proposed rules, denouncing them as government intrusion on their right to school as they wish and as interference in religion.
The Nebraska Department of Education has introduced an idea they continue to shake around like a dog not letting go of its favorite toy. But Nebraska homeschoolers seem to remember their steadfastness will keep their foothold on educational and family freedoms. No action from the Department of Education is a good action, it appears.