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Nebraska (NE) State - Homeschooling Laws and Regulations

Homeschooling is legal in every American state.  The Department of Education states, "Parents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have the option to home school their children" (Department of Education, NCES). School attendance is compulsory for all children; however, parents have the legal right to withdrawal their children from government schools to enroll them in qualified private schools or to educate their children at home.  This is only proper considering the fact that the duty and the right to educate the next generation were appointed by God to parents even before God created governments.

Each state has laws that govern matters such as how parents are to declare their intention to homeschool and what topics must be included in your home-education program.  Some states require periodic standardized tests and more formal records be maintained. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the liberty of homeschooling parents to choose their own curriculum.  GETTING STARTED CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, BUT MULTITUDES OF PARENTS ARE HOMESCHOOLING AND SO CAN YOU!  It is my pleasure to help your research efforts.  Below are links to key government and non-government pages.

Nebraska:  "A home school is considered an exempt private school in Nebraska. In order to fulfill compulsory education requirements, a parent or guardian must provide a Statement of Objections and Assurances for any child between the ages of 7 and 16. Parents may object to sending their child to an approved and accredited school because to do so would violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of the parents or guardians or because doing so would interfere with the decisions of the parents or guardians in directing their child's education. A parent representative is designated for each exempt school. By August 1 of each year or prior to the date that the exempt school begins operation, the parent representative must submit to the Commissioner: A calendar for the school year indicating a minimum instruction of 1,080 for secondary schools and 1,032 for elementary schools; A list of the names of all instructional monitors in the exempt school, their contact information, and their qualifications; and A chart of written summary showing the scope and sequence of the sequential program of instruction designed to lead to basic skills in the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and health, by grade level. When the department deems necessary, officials can visit the exempt school at a mutually established time. Likewise, when the department deems it necessary to conduct regular achievement testing of students, it may be so at a mutually designated and established time. Neb Rev. Stat. Title 92, Chapter 12; Chapter 13." (Source:  "State Regulation of Private Schools," Nebraska, by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education (2000).)



Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the timeliness nor the completeness of the links or legal information posted.  These homeschooling laws and legal information are being provided free of charge.  Postings of rules and regulations are subject to change.  Seek the advice of other home-educating parents or homeschooling organizations in your area for more help or contact your county superintendent of schools.  Plan to file a Notice of Intent to homeschool with your county superintendent or child's current principal.  (This document may also be known as an Affidavit of Intent, a Letter of Intent, a Notification of Intent, or a Declaration of Intent.  Sample from Tennessee.)   

Homeschooling Conventions in Nebraska (NE)
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