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5/11/2010 3:24:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Homeschool Requirements Corrected on Scholarship Form

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Nevada-- Homeschool Requirements Corrected on Scholarship Form

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thanks to Nevada Homeschool Network's (NHN) hard work, the application
for the Nevada Millennium Scholarship requirements for homeschoolers
is now accurate.

Barbara Dragon, NHN Treasurer, followed up on a report that the Nevada
Millennium Scholarship's new application form incorrectly stated that
homeschooled students had to complete certain core curriculum
requirements to qualify for the scholarship. Section VI - Checklist of
Requirements, Item #2:

__ I have enclosed proof that I have met the core curriculum
requirements as established by the Board of Regents for the graduating
class of 2009 and after. (4 units of Math (including Algebra II); 4
units of English; 3 units of Natural Science; 3 units of Social
Science and History)

Barbara quickly reviewed the law consulted with NHN Chairman Frank
Schnorbus and contacted Ron Knecht, a member of the Nevada Board of
Regents who asked that the issue be sent to the Board's legal
department for an expedited review. After reviewing the relevant law,
Nevada Revised Statutes 396.930, the Nevada System of Higher Education
(NSHE) Legal Department determined that "the core curriculum for home
schooled students is not required under the statute."

As NSHE worked with the Nevada State Treasurer's office (which had
produced the form) to revise the Application for Home Schooled and GED
Students, Barbara continued to communicate with key participants,
including HSLDA, to ensure that the correct changes were
made--including a modification to the application form to clarify that
homeschool students are not required to take the GED to apply for the
scholarship. NHN also verified that NSHE sent a memorandum to school
superintendents, NSHE student affairs officers and counselors, and the
State Treasurer's Office to clarify the issue.

The corrected application form is now posted on the Office of the
State Treasurer's website at
https://nevadatreasurer.gov/documents/millennium/Form-NoDiploma.pdf
and accurately reflects the documentation homeschooled students must
submit to be considered for the scholarship:

> Application for Home Schooled and GED Students;
> Copy of certificate of completion or homeschool diploma;
> Copy of school district waiver of compulsory attendance that apply
to the years the student did not attend a Nevada private or public
high school;
> Student Report results of Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (taken
through any Nevada school district or licensed private school);
> Score report from ACT (minimum score of 21) or SAT (minimum combined
score of 990); and
> If applicable, a sealed official high school transcript for any
courses taken at a Nevada public or private high school.

NHN did a great deal of behind-the-scenes work to accomplish this
result, which is important to so many Nevada homeschool families!
HSLDA would like to congratulate the organization and encourage all
Nevada homeschoolers to support NHN's work on their behalf.

HSLDA continues to support your right to homeschool, including
advocating for equal treatment of homeschool diplomas and the
elimination of discrimination against homeschoolers. Thank you for
your partnership with us in these endeavors.

Very truly yours,

Mike Smith
HSLDA President

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