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10/7/2002 4:46:02 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--State Board of Education Begins Writing New Homeschool Regulations

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October 7, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

At their meeting on September 14, 2002, the Nevada State Board of
Education officially began the process of writing new homeschool
regulations. Nevada homeschoolers have been working long hours to
come up with new language to suggest to the Board. I am flying to
Nevada on October 9th to be in Carson City when the Northern Nevada
Homeschool Advisory Council discusses the current draft. I will fly
to Las Vegas the next day to discuss the language with homeschoolers.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) Try to attend one of the meetings where the new language will be
explained. If you can't go, consider babysitting so that someone
else can!

> South, Oct. 7: Southern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council meeting
from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday at Nevada Education Consultants, 3909
S. Maryland Parkway (next to Arby's). This is a public meeting: just
show up!

> North, Oct. 9: Northern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council meeting
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in Carson City, at the Department of
Education Building at 700 E. Fifth St. (between Stewart and Roop) in
Room 101. This is a public meeting: just show up!

> South, Oct. 10: Meet with HSLDA and local homeschoolers from 7:00
to 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Canyon Ridge Church in Las Vegas. Canyon
Ridge is located at the corner of Lone Mountain and Jones; the
meeting will be in room 310. All are welcome: please attend!

2) Show your support for homeschooling by attending the State Board
of Education Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas. Wear red,
white, and blue for freedom!

BACKGROUND

Nevada has recently adopted "Content and Performance Standards" that
are intended to provide accountability to public schools.
Homeschoolers and school officials were both surprised to discover
that one unintended consequence of the public school reform efforts
was to link Nevada's homeschool regulations to these new public
school standards. Homeschool leaders and school officials agreed
that it would be better to try to resolve problems by writing new
regulations rather than by going to court over the current law.

On September 13 and 14, 2002, the Nevada State Board of Education
initiated the process of revising Nevada's homeschool regulations.
Gary Waters, Vice President of the Nevada Board of Education,
explained that historically the board has needed to do little with
regard to homeschooling, and that homeschooling has done very well in
Nevada. Vice President Waters asked the board and the department to
support homeschoolers by working with the Nevada Homeschool Network
(NHN) and other homeschool groups. State Board Member Theresa Malone
then moved that NHN and other homeschooling groups work together with
the Department to change the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).

HSLDA and Nevada homeschoolers have drafted proposed language to
change the regulations. These will be discussed at the Southern
Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 7 in Las
Vegas, and again at the Northern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council
meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Carson City. The language will then
be discussed at a State Board of Education Workshop at 10:40 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas (see link to official notice). We
encourage as many people as possible to make plans to attend that
workshop.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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