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12/1/2009 4:19:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nebraska: HSLDA, NCHEA Neutral on Proposed Changes to Exempt School Rules

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December 1, 2009

Nebraska: HSLDA, NCHEA Neutral on
Proposed Changes to Exempt School Rules

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Nebraska Commissioner of Education recently adopted several
proposed changes to Rules 12 and 13. There will be public hearings
regarding these changes on December 16, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

The proposed changes primarily reflect recent changes to the law from
Legislative Bill 549 (2009) which now require parents to submit copies
of their children's birth certificates "upon enrollment" instead of on
"October 1." In addition, the due date for resubmitting Rule 12 and 13
exemption notices to the Nebraska Department of Education has been
moved from August 1 to July 15. New single parent language has also
been added to reflect current policy, which is that both parents must
sign unless educational decision making authority has been awarded to
one parent by a court.

HSLDA is working with the Nebraska Christian Home Educators
Association (NCHEA) and does not oppose these proposed changes. As
they are currently written, the changes do not impede a parent's right
to homeschool. HSLDA will continue to follow the proposed changes and
keep you informed. We will oppose any changes that significantly
affect the right of parents to teach their children at home.

The public is invited to attend, and you are welcome to testify at the
hearings on December 16. The NCHEA will be testifying in a neutral
capacity at both the Rule 12 and Rule 13 hearings unless changes are
made that would reduce current freedoms.

The hearing will be held Wednesday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at
the Nebraska State Office Building, Nebraska Department of Education,
State Board Meeting Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, Sixth Floor,
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509.

To view the hearing announcement visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7310

The full text of the proposed changes can be found here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7311 (Rule 12) and
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7312 (Rule 13).

Thank you for your continued stand with us in defense of freedom for
homeschoolers in Nebraska and beyond!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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as we are . . . thank you!

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