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2/27/2008 5:00:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nebraska--Homeschoolers Break Attendance Records at Public Hearing

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February 27, 2008

Nebraska--Homeschoolers Break Attendance Records at Public Hearing

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thirteen hundred homeschoolers overwhelmed the Nebraska Capitol
yesterday for a hearing on L.B. 1141, where the strongest argument
raised in support of the bill was anecdotal evidence from a meter
reader.

When Senator DiAnna Schimek introduced her oppressive testing bill,
L.B. 1141, at yesterday's public hearing before the Nebraska Education
Committee, she confessed that a majority of homeschoolers do a great
job. Furthermore, she claimed that only anecdotal evidence of
irresponsible homeschoolers exists. Her best anecdote was from a
"meter reader" she knows who allegedly claimed that when reading
meters during the day, he often sees children whom he believes are
homeschoolers. The assumption is that these kids are not receiving an
adequate education.

The controversial bill underwent over two hours of scrutiny, as the
1,300 homeschoolers watched, amazing legislative staff with their good
behavior and decorum. Ironically, the only reported issues of unruly
children came from those participating in a public school scavenger
hunt.

Homeschoolers filled the Warner Capital Chamber and five overflow
rooms, listening intently to the testimony, which was mostly against
L.B. 1141. Capitol staff informed Kathleen Lenzen, wife of Nebraska
Christian Home Educators (NCHEA) President Nick Lenzen, that the crowd
set a record for attendance at a hearing.

A large variety of people presented testimony--from NCHEA leaders to a
federal administrative law judge to University of Nebraska professors.
Education Committee Chairman Ron Raikes graciously allowed L.B. 1141's
opponents more than 20 minutes over what had been scheduled, giving
them an hour and 20 minutes to present their position.

With the tremendous turnout and Governor Dave Heineman's promise to
veto this restrictive bill, we hope L.B. 1141 will not make it out of
the Education Committee. If, however, it does begin to move, we will
notify you immediately.

For a detailed account of yesterday's testimony, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4802 .

Thank you for standing with us for homeschooling freedom in Nebraska!
It is a privilege to serve you.

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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