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It’s not Too Late to Email Comments; Updated Lincoln Address for Hearing

Homeschooling in Nebraska

Take action to oppose harmful rule changes!



Staff Attorney Peter K. Kamakawiwoole, Jr. answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Nebraska.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The hearing on proposed changes to Rule 12 and 13 commences today at 10 a.m. CST in Scottsbluff, Grand Island, and Lincoln. We invite you to oppose the restriction of Nebraska homeschool freedom by attending or submitting your comments by email.

Action Requested

If you are able to attend a hearing in person you will have the opportunity to submit comments publicly. The hearing will be video conference at the following three locations across the state:

  • Scottsbluff Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 505A Broadway, Suite 500, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
  • Grand Island Public Library, 211 North Washington, Grand Island, NE 68801
  • Lincoln Executive Building, 521 S. 14th Street, Suite 103, Lincoln, NE 68508 (This address is corrected from our previous email.)

If you can’t make it to the hearing, please email comments directly to your State Board of Education member using the appropriate email address found online. Simply click on the name of the State Board of Education member that corresponds with your district and use the email address provided.

Your opposition to the proposed changes is vital to protect homeschool freedom in Nebraska!

Talking Points and Background

The Nebraska Department of Education has decided to amend its rules for creating exempt schools (rules 12 and 13). NCHEA and HSLDA have reviewed these amendments, and they are almost entirely harmful to homeschoolers. Click the following links to review the proposed changes to Rule 12 and Rule 13 for yourself.

The Nebraska Christian Home Educator’s Association (NCHEA) and HSLDA are strongly opposed to these changes, which are overwhelmingly negative:

  • Any homeschoolers who withdraw from a public school or accredited private school will be required to stay in that school until they receive an official letter from the Department of Education, saying that they can homeschool (003.02A2). This is the first step toward state approval for homeschoolers and is contrary to the legislature’s decision that an exempt school begins as soon as the Department receives the paperwork from parents.
  • New homeschoolers will need to file their Rule 12 or 13 paperwork “upon becoming a resident” (if the family moves in from another state, 003.02A1) or “as soon as practicable” (if the child was previously enrolled in an accredited school, 003.02A2). The law currently requires both groups of homeschoolers to file their paperwork “30 days prior” to when they begin homeschooling. The intent behind this was to give people who are new to the state a set period of time to get their affairs in order before they had to begin homeschooling. That period now becomes ambiguous (“as soon as practicable”), or vanishes entirely (“upon becoming a resident”).
  • The filing deadline for repeat-filers under Rules 12 and 13 will change from July 15th to July 1st (§ 003.02A).
  • Homeschoolers will be required to submit supplementary sheets, designed by the Department. Under the current rules, parents can choose to submit these sheets, but can also create their own forms for documenting the information requested, if they so desire.

Standing with you for freedom,

Home School Legal Defense Association
Peter Kamakawiwoole
Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you. Thank you for all you do for freedom! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>

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