From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/4/2013 4:34:26 PM
Darren Jones--HSLDA
Mike Farris Defends Homeschool Freedom in Nebraska Supreme Court

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

On the Case: Mike Farris Defends Homeschool
Freedom at the Nebraska Supreme Court

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Tomorrow is the day HSLDA founder Michael Farris goes before the
Nebraska Supreme Court to defend our interpretation of the Nebraska
private school law governing the initial filing of a notice.

The Thacker family filed their first notice of intent with the
Nebraska Department of Education after the public school had started
during the 2011-12 school year. Their local prosecutor charged them
with truancy, and they were convicted by the county court.

On appeal, HSLDA was successful in having the parents' convictions
thrown out. The prosecutor appealed, and in a surprise move, the
Nebraska Supreme Court decided to skip the intermediate court of
appeals and took the case itself.

The state's position on homeschooling is troubling. In its brief, the
prosecutor has argued that a child is presumptively enrolled in the
local public school, unless the parent formally chooses otherwise.
Mike Farris will be arguing that this is clearly contrary to
Nebraska's well-established public policy that parents, not the state,
possess the right to make educational decisions on behalf of a child.

Please pray for Mike Farris as he prepares and argues on March 5.

For more information on the case, including the briefs filed in the
case, please click here

In the fight for freedom,

Darren A. Jones
Staff Attorney

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