MEETING SUMMARY – NDE Hearing for New Drafts Rules 12 and 13
The Department of Education rule-making hearing regarding the NDE hearing draft Rules 12 and 13 took place as scheduled on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the State Board Meeting Room.
Two people testified in favor of the proposed hearing drafts: NCHEA’s David Lostroh and Home Educators Network’s Kathryn Dillow. There were no testifiers opposing the drafts.
Click HERE to read Dave’s testimony.
Since there was no opposition, it would seem that the draft rules will be submitted to the State Board of Education for approval, as is, at the February 2016 State Board of Education meeting. If approved by the State Board, they will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for approval, then to the Governor’s Office for approval. It seems likely that the new Rule 13 will be in place for use in the 2016/17 school year.
We want to thank all of the concerned homeschool parents who testified and/or supplied written testimony at the October 2013 hearing opposing the first set of draft rules generated by NDE. The tremendous opposition provided impetus for the NDE to drop those defective proposed rules, and then be much more considerate of homeschool parents needs prior to sending these drafts to the State Board of Education now in 2016. Thank you for your watchfulness.
SPECIAL THANKS: The NCHEA offers special thanks to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for presenting Nebraska homeschoolers with the awesome May 31, 2013, win at the Nebraska Supreme Court in State v. Thacker 286 Neb. 16. HSLDA attorneys who participated in creating this victory include then Staff Attorney for Nebraska Peter Kamakawiwoole, Staff Attorney Darren Jones, Senior Counsel Jim Mason, and HSLDA Chairman and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College Michael P. Farris. HSLDA’s Peter Kamakawiwoole also testified at the October 2013 NDE hearing and later attended three NDE meetings with homeschool leaders regarding draft rules changes. Without State v. Thacker 286 Neb. 16, new and improved hearing draft rules would not be in the approval process.