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3/22/2007 1:36:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada: Calls Needed to Pass Bill to Expand Homeschool Freedom

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Nevada: Calls Needed to Pass Bill to Expand Homeschool Freedom

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Exciting news! Senate Bill 404 has been introduced by Senator Maurice
E. Washington, Chairman of the Committee on Human Resources and
Education. This bill is a result of the hard work of Nevada homeschool
leaders Frank Schnorbus and Barbara Dragon and my legal counsel.

This bill would eliminate much of the current regulation of
homeschoolers in Nevada.

Under this law, homeschoolers would simply have to file a notice only
once with the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The official form
would include only the full name, age, and gender of the child; the
name and address of the parent filing the notice; and a statement
signed by the parent affirming that he "assumes full responsibility
for the education of the child while the child is being homeschooled."

In addition, there is an optional statement that the parent may sign
which expressly prohibits the release of any information included in
the notice of intent to anyone except the local school district.

Furthermore, the Superintendent of Public Instruction will only
provide a copy of the signed notice of intent to the Board of Trustees
upon written request if related to the investigation of suspected
truancy.

The bill also prohibits discrimination in any manner against the child
who is or was homeschooled, and requires that homeschool children be
allowed to participate in the college entrance exams and the National
Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

One of the most unique and helpful parts of the bill is the statement
that "no regulation or policy of the state board or any school
district may infringe upon the right of parents to educate his child
based on religious preference, unless it is essential to further
compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means to
further that governmental interest."

This extra protection of families who homeschool for religious reasons
will be very effective in securing the rights of these homeschooling
parents. No other state at this present time has such a clause added
to their homeschool law.

Therefore, in order to ensure the passage of this homeschool freedom
bill, we need you to contact your state senator and assemblyman.

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please contact your state senator and assemblyman and give them this
message:

"Please support S.B. 404 introduced by Senator Washington. This bill
will better protect parental rights and choice in the area of
education. It will also save taxpayers' money by reducing unnecessary
bureaucratic oversight over homeschoolers."

You can ask for your state senator and assemblyman by calling the
legislative hotline at 775-684-3300. You can also use our legislative
toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=NV&view=myofficials to find
your representative's contact information.

BACKGROUND:

For a complete copy of this bill, visit
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/73rd/Reports/history.cfm?billname=SB404.

Thank you for taking a moment to help expand homeschool freedoms in
Nevada.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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