In 2011, Eric Thacker and Gail Morgan-Thacker’s family started homeschooling. The local public school district started its school year August 17, 2011. The Thackers filed an election statement (notice of homeschooling intent) effective on October 3. The State contends the children were truant from August 17 until October 3, 2011. They were charged on October 17, 2011 with 5 counts of violating the school compulsory attendance statute. They have 5 children within the realm of compulsory school attendance age of 6 and 18. Regardless of the cost issues for taxpayers, let alone usefulness for children, these cases are one reason why homeschoolers should always contest increasing the compulsory attendance age range.
The District Court ruled in the Thacker family’s favor. The State appealed the decision. The Nebraska Supreme Court chose to take the case and the Dawson County family’s case was heard in oral argument yesterday morning.
You can hear the oral arguments in front of the court here.
The question seems to be when the school year starts for a first-time Nebraska homeschooling family in order to complete the 1,032 hours of schooling. First year homeschoolers must file 30 days prior to their ‘school’ start time.
The Supreme Court decision will be forthcoming.