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July / August 2003

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Conscientious standoff

Neither the Nebraska Department of Education nor the Lincoln Public Schools quite know what to do with one Nebraska family who has strong religious objections to filling out the forms required by Rule 13. In January, the Thompson* family met with local public school officials to discuss the impasse. The principal suggested they simply alter the forms so that they could sign them with a clear conscience, and then see if the department would accept them.

In March, however, the department rejected the family's proposed changes, writing:

Our recollection . . . was that this Department would review proposed alterations to these forms if Mr. Thompson wished to submit or propose such changes, but that any proposals that altered these forms in a substantive way and/or proposed language that was not in compliance with statute or regulatory requirements concerning elections for exemptions could not be accepted. In other words, if a certain term or terms used in these forms caused the Thompson's [sic] to have objections or concerns, a synonymous or nearly a synonymous term or terms should be proposed. Clearly, the proposed amendments go well beyond this and do contravene Nebraska statutory and regulatory requirements for affecting [sic] an exemption. . . .

The Thompson family was disappointed but not deterred by this response, even though police officers showed up at their house in early May. No further action has been taken against them; however, please pray for this family and other Nebraska homeschoolers with similar convictions.

Scott W. Somerville

* Family's name changed to protect privacy.