August 22, 2007

New Homeschool Bill has Far-Reaching Effects

After 17 years of existence, the Northern and Southern Homeschool Advisory Councils were disbanded by the State Board of Education. This action further emphasizes that the public school system has no authority over homeschooling since the recent passage of S.B. 404, Nevada’s new homeschooling bill.

Homeschool council members volunteered thousands of hours since the 1990s, trying to fend off Department of Education restrictions and increase freedom. They kept a constant vigil, protecting the rights of all homeschoolers in Nevada.

Those in leadership on the councils were very aware that the councils could be disbanded if S.B. 404 were to pass the legislature, and many council members volunteered at the legislature to ensure passage.

Outgoing presidents of the councils, Carl Lucas on the Northern Council and Kime King Patraw on the Southern Council, have considered it an honor and a privilege to have served homeschoolers in Nevada on their respective councils. As they go, they call upon all homeschool parents to remain vigilant and informed on their parental rights and homeschool issues. History shows that the states that have good homeschool laws have to fight to keep them, and that complacency among homeschoolers is their worst enemy.