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11/5/2002 12:59:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada Board of Education Meets With Homeschoolers

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November 5, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On Saturday, October 19, 2002, Home School Legal Defense Association
and homeschoolers from across the state of Nevada met with the State
Board of Education to discuss beneficial changes to the state
regulations governing homeschooling.

Many homeschoolers from both southern and northern Nevada, including
Frank Schnorbus (President of the Northern Nevada Homeschool Advisory
Council) and Elissa Wahl (President of the newly-formed Nevada
Homeschool Network), testified at the workshop. These homeschoolers
unanimously proposed that the current regulations be simplified,
removing some of the restrictions homeschoolers have dealt with for
years.

Dr. Brian Ray from the National Home Education Research Institute and
Darren Jones from HSLDA also presented information on why the Board
should change the regulations. While the Board did not make any
official comment, many of the members seemed open to the proposal.

HSLDA had worked many hours during the preceding two weeks with
Nevada homeschool leaders to draft the proposed regulations. The
primary goals of these draft regulations is to free Nevada
homeschoolers from the Content and Performance Standards and
eliminate the current requirement that families submit a calendar of
proposed days consisting of a particular number of required minutes.

After hearing testimony, the Board agreed to hold an official public
hearing on December 14 at their next meeting. It appears that they
will vote on the regulations at that time.

The Nevada Homeschool Network is encouraging families, or even
homeschooled children, to write letters of support for the proposed
NAC changes. Some points to stress are:

Parents directing own children's education
Freedom in that direction
Excelling because of that freedom
Proposal allows for more freedom in direction, therefore allowing our
kids to excel.

NHN would like these letters to be part of the public record for the
next public hearing. They should be mailed to:

Department of Education
Attention: David Sheffield
Suite 100, 700 East Fifth Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5096.

HSLDA will keep you informed as to the progress of these regulations.
We are excited for a chance to increase homeschool freedom!

Very truly yours,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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