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More families using Rule 12

Home School Legal Defense Association recently received a report from the Nebraska Department of Education concerning home schooling in Nebraska. This Report on Participants in Nebraska Exempt Schools Based on Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs is a compilation of statistics for those families who filed as "exempt schools" in 1999-2000.

Nebraska home schools are considered to be exempt private schools. They must file a notice with the Commissioner of Education each year, stating that the requirements for school approval violate either the parents' sincerely held religious beliefs or violate the parents' right to direct their child's education.

One of the most interesting facts in this report is that families are beginning to use the new Rule 12 exemption, which passed in 1999 and allows parents to home school based on their parental rights rather than their religious beliefs. Three percent of the families who filed last year used this option. In addition, home schooling in Nebraska continues to grow-more students were home schooled last year than in any previous year.

If you have any questions regarding which option is best for your family, please contact HSLDA for more information. — Darren A. Jones