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1/22/2004 3:32:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nebraska--Update: Compulsory Attendance bill LB 868

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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January 22, 2004

Dear Nebraska HSLDA members and friends:

Thanks to your outpouring of telephone calls, the danger from
Legislative Bill 868 has been averted. This bill, which would have
raised the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, was heard in
committee January 20. The bill's sponsor, Senator Redfield, proposed
an amendment to make sure that homeschoolers were in no way harmed by
this legislation. Dave Lostroh, president of the Nebraska Christian
Home Educator's Association, met with Senator Redfield before the
hearing. Both NCHEA and HSLDA will take a neutral stance on the bill
if it is amended.

Senator Redfield had intended this bill to give parents more control
over their own minor children. She explained that she had been
contacted by a constituent whose daughter dropped out at the age of
16, even though her parents wanted her to continue her education.
This bill would have given that parent some additional leverage
because the child would be required to attend school until she turned
18, unless her parents gave her permission to drop out. Senator
Redfield never intended the bill to undermine parental rights.

A number of homeschooled students attended the hearing and made a
favorable impression on the legislators there. The general response
of the homeschool community made a big impact on the lawmakers. One
senator said to the sponsor of the bill, "You sure know how to stir
up the hornet's nest!" HSLDA is proud to serve "hornets" like our
many member families who contacted their representatives. You have
proved that homeschoolers are still willing to pay the price of
liberty!

Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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