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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

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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

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New Law Provides Fair Treatment
    Home schoolers in Nevada rejoice over the state legislature’s eleventh hour passage of Senate Bill 213. Under this new law, home schoolers will be able to receive special education and related services from public schools, as well as be allowed to participate in public school curricular and extracurricular activities.
    Until this law was passed, home schoolers had been denied special education and related services because of an interpretation by school districts that home schoolers are not private school students, and, therefore, not entitled to federal or state funding for such services.
    The legislature incorporated S.B. 213 into Nevada Revised Statute 392.070 to provide that the board of trustees of each school district shall provide special education and related services to children who are exempt from compulsory attendance as a result of receiving instruction at home. Additionally, the language provides that, upon request by a parent or legal guardian, a child receiving home instruction shall be authorized to participate in a class that is not otherwise available to that child or participate in an extracurricular activity, excluding sports, at the public school where the child would attend.
    This is a great victory for home educators and it came after S.B. 213 appeared to be dead. Much credit must go to the author of the bill, Senator Ann O’Connell (R-5) and to Steve and Susan Balkenbush of the Silver State Education Association.
    In another important bill, the legislature affirmed that the use of corporal punishment by spanking or paddling, if not excessive, is not child abuse or neglect.
    Home School Legal Defense Association wants to give a special thanks to our members who made telephone calls on this matter. Your calls were invaluable and always make a difference.