From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/28/2003 10:59:56 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nebraska--Universal Access to Public Schools

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 27, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senator Philip Erdman, of Bayard, has introduced Legislative Bill
534, which would permit homeschoolers and other non-accredited
private school students to participate in sports, classes, and other
activities at the public schools. This bill was written by a friend
of home education who wants to provide more choices for Nebraska
students. While not all homeschoolers want to participate in the
public schools, most homeschoolers would agree that this is a
positive development.


1. Read LB 534: . Please
consider whether this is something that would benefit your family or
other homeschoolers you know.

2. If you believe this legislation would be good for your family or
other homeschoolers, please contact your state senator. If you don't
know who your state senator is you can look it up in HSLDA's
legislative toolbox,

3. Please forward this e-mail to other homeschoolers and families who
have children in unaccredited private schools. Your help in getting
the word out will make it possible for them to be effective citizens.


The Nebraska Constitution says, "The Legislature shall provide for
the free instruction in the common schools of this state of all
persons between the age of five and twenty-one years." (Nebraska
Constitution Article VII, Section 1.) LB 534 would fulfill this
constitutional requirement by allowing "all persons between the ages
of five and twenty-one years" to receive free instruction in the
common schools, not just those children who are enrolled as fulltime
public school students. Since the state constitution already
guarantees this right, it is only appropriate for the legislature to
implement it in a statute.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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