The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Nebraska’s Governor Pete Rick- etts about his views on home
education. We were blessed to hear of his
support of home educators throughout Nebraska. Listen in to this interview as we celebrate homeschool freedom!
TOS: Families who choose to home educate take their freedom to do so very personally. Why do you, as state governor, believe homeschooling is an important choice
for Nebraska parents?
Gov. Ricketts: One of my top priorities
as governor of Nebraska is expanding edu-
cational opportunities and school choice,
so that public, private, and homeschool
students receive a quality education.
Homeschooling gives parents and students
the most flexibility to tailor curriculum and
classrooms to a child’s needs.
Parents who make the decision to home-
school are making a significant sacrifice of
time and money to provide their children
with the best education possible. Their in-
vestment has resulted in high-quality grad-
uates. In Nebraska, homeschool students I
have met are civic-minded, loyal, and hard-
TOS: Homeschoolers are very civic-min-
ded. It’s also a known fact that colleges and
universities are actively pursuing home-
school students, hence all the booth displays
college recruiters set up at homeschooling
conventions around the country. Have you
personally seen any successes come out of
the homeschooling community?
Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska has benefited
greatly from our growing homeschool
community. Homeschoolers were a pivotal
part of my campaign as governor, working
and volunteering on my campaign. Home-school graduates currently work in the Governor’s Office and serve as aides to several
of our state senators in the Nebraska Leg-islature. Homeschoolers regularly receive
top scholarships from the University of
Nebraska. I have found homeschoolers to
be some of the most mature, civic-minded
people that I have ever met.
TOS: Homeschoolers care about the education of all children, not just those being
by Dara Ekanger and Gena Suarez
Nebraska Supports Homeschooling!
An Interview with Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts
TOP: Governor Ricketts speaking at the School Choice Week
rally at the State Capitol in Lincoln.
BOT TOM: Governor Ricketts speaking to the Nebraska
Christian Home Educators Legislative Day.