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Nebraska May Tighten Deadlines For Parents Who Home School

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

 The Nebraska Department of Education is considering a rule change that would shorten the deadline for parents to apply to the state about home schooling their kids.

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

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

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

Cordray has been home schooling her two daughters since her older 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 on basic life skills, but really no academics."

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

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

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

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

"A child should not stay in that school another hour, let alone a 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 home schooling if you look around the country."

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

For Cordray, she has all the success she needs. "Nothing like somebody telling you all the things your child will never do to make me say oh you're wrong and I will prove you wrong," said Cordray.

The Nebraska Commissioner of education will now review the rule proposal.

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