homeschooled. What do you think we can
do as homeschoolers to improve education
in our communities?
Gov. Ricketts: The Nebraska Christian
Home Educators Association has joined
forces with other advocates for school
choice to support efforts to bring more educational opportunities to Nebraska. Neb-raska must work to do a better job at providing parents with information about how
their public schools are performing.
Homeschoolers can work with the legislature and local school districts to advocate
for more access to extracurricular activities.
They can also work to bring more of their
public school and private school counterparts together to work on various community projects.
Nebraskans are known for caring about
their communities and working together to
better those communities. It is important
that homeschoolers, public schools, and
private schools work together to ensure that
all of our children are receiving the best educational opportunities possible.
TOS: Occasionally, homeschool students
in Nebraska have been threatened with
truancy charges, despite being in compliance with state law, because some local
public school officials are uninformed as
to the process to begin homeschooling.
This happened in January of this year in
both Lincoln and Humboldt counties.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association contacted the school districts and the
charges were withdrawn, but what steps do
you believe the state should take to educate
public school officials on how to uphold the
law and not violate the rights of Nebraska
parents who choose to homeschool their
Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska’s laws are very
clear: parents have the right to educate
their children at home. School districts
should work closely with families who
intend to homeschool to make sure they
understand the law, and file their Rule 13
paperwork. Truancy charges should never be the first contact from a school dis-trict. Families who intend to homeschool
should work to file their paperwork in a
timely manner in accordance with the
law. The Nebraska Department of Education has information on how to start
homeschooling on their website at www.
In Nebraska, we have homeschool fami-
lies in all but one of our ninety-three coun-
ties, and the homeschool community is
Nebraska has a special connection to the
home education community. One of the ma-
jor U.S. Supreme Court cases that provides
the legal foundation for the freedom to ed-
ucate children at home originated from Ne-
braska. In Meyer v. Nebraska, the Supreme
Court recognized “the right to marry, es-
tablish a home, and bring up children.” This
principle has supported the freedom of
thousands of Nebraska families to educate
have met are