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VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 1
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January / February 2005


FEATURES
State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

DEPARTMENTS
From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page

ET AL.

On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise


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ACROSS THE STATES

AL · CA · CO · FL · GA · IA · KY · MI · MS · MO · NV · NJ · NM · NY · ND · OH · OK · OR · PA · RI · TX · UT · VT · VA · WA · WI

NEVADA

Victory for homeschoolers

After over a year of intense negotiation, drafting, and some wrangling, Nevada parents have finally obtained some major changes in their state's homeschool regulations.

The biggest danger during the whole process was Clark County 's attempt to add a provision to the Nevada homeschool regulations that would require all parents who wanted to homeschool to prove their identity to the school district. Home School Legal Defense Association vehemently opposed this concept, and Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka wrote an extensive memo describing the unconstitutionality of a parental ID requirement. The chairman of the state board of education circulated the memo to the entire board after a detailed conversation with Klicka on the subject.

At the long-awaited hearing on October 23, 2004, the Nevada Board of Education rejected the concept of a parental ID, and unanimously voted for the following significant changes in Nevada's regulations that were advocated by the state's homeschoolers.

Under the old regulations, a homeschooling parent had to prove that he was a Nevada-certified teacher, had one year of experience in homeschooling, or consulted with an experienced educator (defined as a certified teacher or someone with three years of homeschool teaching experience). The old regulations also offered the option of enrolling in a Nevada-approved correspondence program, but there are few such programs. In addition, the regulations required a statement of the homeschool's educational plan, including proposed educational goals and instructional materials for each child. If the family was using a consultant, this documentation had to be submitted to the school district, which was a cumbersome process causing much difficulty for brand-new homeschoolers.

The good news is that the new regulations have ended that complicated process. Homeschoolers in Nevada now simply have to submit a statement initialed by the parent that one of three options applies to him: (1) has at least one year of homeschooling experience in any state or territory of the United States, (2) has a teaching credential from any state, or (3) "reads and understands NAC 392.011 to 392.065." This is a tremendous breakthrough! No longer do homeschoolers have to work with a consultant. No longer do they have to state their educational plan or instructional materials. No longer does the barely available and hardly ever used option of a Nevada-approved correspondence program exist. Other provisions in the new regulations will also make it easier for parents to conduct a home education program. We are thankful for this progress and for the willingness of Nevada's homeschoolers to work together. A special thanks goes to Frank Schnorbus and Barbara Dragon, who worked tirelessly with the Nevada Board of Education to bring about these changes.

For a more detailed summary of the new regulations, visit http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp?State=NV.

— by Christopher J. Klicka