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8/28/2002 4:58:52 PM
Scott W. Somerville, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Nevada--Meeting Scheduled to Propose New Home School Regulations

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Nevada Department of Education has now formally asked the state
board of education to propose new home school regulations. The board
will meet to discuss the issue on September 13 and 14 at an open
meeting in Carson City. Meanwhile, home schoolers across the state
have formed the Nevada Homeschool Network in order to present a
united front as the laws are being changed.

ACTION REQUESTED

(1) Participate: HSLDA is delighted to see the formation of the
Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN), the new statewide home school
organization. You can get involved with NHN by sending a blank email
to NV-Alert-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You can also help us defend
freedom in Nevada by encouraging families to join HSLDA.

(2) Network: In the last week, HSLDA has added seven new local
support groups to our website at
http://www.hslda.org/orgs/default.asp?State=NV. If your group is not
yet listed on the HSLDA website, please let me know by emailing me at
scott@hslda.org.

(3) Communicate: Contact your elected representatives. Please look
up your state senator and assemblyman using HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at www.hslda.org/toolbox. Then call them to explain that the
state department of education has just asked the state board of
education to rewrite the regulations for home schoolers. Ask them if
they will support legislation to protect home school freedoms.
Please let me or NHN know what you find out!

BACKGROUND

Keith Rheault, Deputy Superintendent of Education, has submitted a
formal request to the state board of education.
(http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/nv/NV-RheaultMemo.pdf)

He writes:

"When the requirements of NAC 392.025 are linked with the definition
of "equivalent instruction" in NAC 392.035, which now includes the
requirement to teach to the academic performance standards,
department of education staff interpret the regulations to mean that
equivalent home school instruction should include instruction that is
equivalent to the academic standards. It is recommended that the
state board review the information provided and that a workshop be
scheduled to address the need to clarify/modify the current
regulations that clearly state the intent of the requirement for the
benefit of the home school parents, school districts and the
department of education."

We agree with the department of education that the regulations must
be changed, but the department has not given us any indication as to
HOW the regulations should be changed. We believe they should
clearly indicate that home schoolers are not required to comply with
the new Content and Performance Standards. I have spoken with one
school official who expects there to be some pressure to make home
schoolers comply with the new standards.

NHN RESPONDS

Elissa Wahl, the unanimously chosen as President of the Nevada
Homeschool Network, has prepared the following letter for each member
of the state board of education:

"Homeschooling in Nevada has flourished partly as a result of your
willingness to allow homeschoolers the freedom to excel. This freedom
has historically given homeschooling parents the ability to tailor
their curriculum to the needs of each individual child, and has
proven to be a key element in the success of homeschooling both in
Nevada and nationwide.

"Recent changes in the NRS, intended to improve curriculum standards
in Nevada's public schools, have inadvertently included homeschools
under the curriculum standards as established by the DOE's
'Committee to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools.'

"We ask for your continued support of homeschoolers by working with
us to change the NAC so that homeschoolers can continue to use any
curriculum or approach that best meets the needs of their children.

"Please contact us at any time if you have any questions. We look
forward to working with you directly and through the Home School
Advisory Councils, to resolve this very important matter."

CONCLUSION

New developments are taking place every day, but Nevada home
schoolers have risen to the challenge. We will need every family to
do their part before the law is changed. Please pass this message on
to every Nevada home schooler!

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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