The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Freedoms Preserved
    Thanks to the response of the home school community and the efforts of David Lostroh of Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association (NCHEA), this legislative season passed without any rollback of home school or parental freedoms in the Cornhusker State.
    Legislative Bill 268, introduced by Senator Ardyce L. Bohlke (District 33), introduced a new exemption for home schooling, Rule 12, for those parents who were not religiously motivated. Initially, the home school community was concerned that the creation of the new Rule 12 exemption for non-religious home schooler would bring changes to the existing Rule 13 exemption for religious home schoolers. NCHEA received assurances from Senator Bohlke that she had no intention, nor did the state board of education, to change any of the regulations under Rule 13.
    Having passed the legislature and received the approval of the state board of education, L.B. 268 is awaiting final review by the attorney general’s office and the signature of Governor Mike Johanns. It will not change the Rule 13 religious exemption.
    Also introduced by Senator Bohlke, L.B. 769 would raise the compulsory school age from 16 to 18. Working in conjunction with NCHEA, Home School Legal Defense Association sent an alert to our members asking them to make phone calls and write letters in opposition to this piece of legislation. HSLDA attorney Michael Smith directed a letter to Senator Bohlke outlining a number of reasons why this bill should be withdrawn:

  • Because most school districts do not recognize a home school diploma, home school students may be the only graduates still subject to the 18-year compulsory attendance age requirement should this bill pass.
  • There is no justification for increasing the compulsory attendance age to encourage more students to graduate in light of the fact that the five states with the highest graduation rates have all adopted age 16 as the maximum compulsory attendance age. At 93.3%, Nebraska’s current graduation percentage ranks number four of all 50 states.
  • Requiring disinterested students to stay longer in school is disruptive to those students interested in obtaining a quality education.
  • Increasing the attendance age will create an additional tax burden on the citizens of Nebraska in that separate education facilities will have to be developed to house these disinterested and disruptive 16 and 17 year olds.
    Thankfully, L.B. 769 failed to pass during this session. There is no doubt that your phone calls and letters to your representatives were highly effective in defeating this bill. Nor can we doubt God’s grace in granting the home school community favor with their legislators.
    HSLDA appreciates all our members’ efforts, and extends a special thanks to David Lostroh for his tremendous efforts on behalf of the home schoolers in the state of Nebraska.