The First Session of the one hundred fifth legislature was completed on May 23, 2017. The second session will commence in January 2018. Bills not indefinitely postponed (killed) in this session may be acted upon in next year’s session.
Review of Three Homeschool Bills:
Click on Three New Legislative Bills Affecting Home Education, LB 58 Hearing Summary, Status & Member Actions for Three Homeschool Bills, and Three Homeschool Bills: 4/21/17 Status Report for historical details on LB 58, LB 155, and LB 118.
LB 58, Kintner, 2; Brasch, 16; Erdman, 47
LB 58 would change current provisions relating to homeschooled student participation in extracurricular activities by requiring school boards to establish policies and procedures that may require such students participating in extracurricular activities pursuant to this section to enroll in no more than one course offered for credit by such school. Additionally, LB 58 adds a 1 year delay after student withdrawal from the public school for home education to be a participant in NSAA activities in the local school as a homeschool student.
Legislative Activity: LB 58 is still in committee. Nothing has happened to it since the hearing. LB 58 can still be acted upon in the legislature in the 2018 session.
Nebraska School Activities Association activity: The NSAA proposed changes to their Constitution and by-laws that adds the key language, “Exempt or home school students from authorized Rule 13 schools must be continuously enrolled in a minimum of ten credit hours of instruction per semester at the school the student represents in interscholastic competition” has completed the approval process. NSAA Associate Director Deb Velder advised the NCHEA on May 23, 2017, that, “With the requisite number of schools supporting the proposal, it was not necessary to be ratified and the legislation goes into effect beginning with the 2017-18 school year.”
Please see Section A of the NSAA Representative Assembly minutes for a complete listing of the proposed changes for homeschool students wanting to participate in NSAA activities by part time attendance at a NSAA member school. [Section A starts 2/3 of the way down page 1 through 1/2 of the way through page 2]
LB 155, Brasch, 16:
LB 155 would add a requirement that any student who graduates from a legal school, including an exempt homeschool, as a prerequisite to graduation shall have correctly answered at least seventy percent of the questions on the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Current Status: LB 155 is still in the Education Committee with no action having been taken since the hearing. LB 155 can still be acted upon in the legislature in the 2018 session. It appears very unlikely that LB 155 will be voted out of the floor without first adopting AM656. If LB 155 were to reach the legislative floor without AM656, the NCHEA will send a Call to Action to our members to contact their senators to oppose the bill.
LB 118, Hilkemann, 4:
LB 118 is the Education Savings Account Act. The bill allows the parents of all legally operated schools in the state, including home schools, to setup a qualified account for educational expenses for their children.
Current Status: LB 118 is still in the Education Committee. LB 118 can still be acted upon in the legislature in the 2018 session.