Nebraska May Tighten Deadlines For Parents Who Home School

OMAHA (KPTM)- Parents who home school their children mayhave less time to tell the state their kid won't be in school.

The Nebraska Department of Education is considering a rulechange that would shorten the deadline for parents to apply to the state abouthome schooling their kids.

Currently, the rule is that the parents must notify thedepartment of Education by July 15th that their kid(s) won't beenrolling in school.

The Nebraska department of Education wants to change thatdate to July 1st.

"It doesn't seem like it's really a big deal, but the amountof time that goes into planning our school year is enormous," said LaurieCordray.

Cordray has been home schooling her two daughters since herolder daughter was in kindergarten. "We were told that she was unteachable.That she would need to be in a special needs classroom where they would work onbasic life skills, but really no academics."

Fast-forward nine years, and Cordray's ninth grader is wellabove average. "She's an incredibly high achieving 9th grader," saidCordray.

Cordray also heads up a home schooling support group forother parents who home school in Omaha.

"The number one reason I get for parents wanting to pull theirchildren out of school is bullying," said Cordray.

Another possible rule change would give the Department ofEducation 30 days to process home schooling forms. A parent would not be ableto withdraw their child from school until the forms are processed.

"A child should not stay in that school another hour, let alonea day, let alone five weeks," said Jack Donnelly.

Donnelly said that there are too many regulations on home schooling,"That's the direction most states are going is less supervision of homeschooling if you look around the country."

Donnelly has taught for more than a decade, and said that asmall percentage of students are home schooled, but "It's a tiny successfulpercentage."

For Cordray, she has all the success she needs. "Nothinglike somebody telling you all the things your child will never do to make mesay oh you're wrong and I will prove you wrong," said Cordray.

The Nebraska Commissioner of education will now reviewthe rule proposal.