Reports of a significant ruling on Nebraska homeschools and their educational calendar schedule are out. Eric and Gail Thacker were charged and convicted of violating the compulsory attendance statute in County Court. Upon appeal, the decision was reversed by a Dawson County District Court judge. The Dawson County prosecutors followed that decision by appeal which culminated with the Nebraska Supreme Court taking the case on. Last Friday, the county prosecutors didn’t get what they hoped, as the Supreme Court released their decision about public school calendars vs private school – in this case, homeschool – calendar hours. It appears to be a victory for Nebraska homeschooling freedoms loosening up the time frame of their educational schedules a bit.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports: Home school students take turn in graduation spotlight By Don O’Brien
Stock is a firm believer in home schooling her children.
“There are so many benefits,” she said. “The best thing is the time with your child. You have that opportunity to invest in your child. Educationally, you make sure that the bases are covered. There is no falling between the cracks because you know the sole responsibility comes on to you. With the love you have for your child, you are going to make sure it is done excellently.”
Congrats to the 16 graduates, along with condolences to their friends, Justice Kelley and his mother Leisha, who passed on last January in a car accident.
The Bloomington Daily Pantagraph reported Crossroads Area Homeschool Association also held a graduation ceremony yesterday for their twelve graduates. They’re on their way after a great celebration.
Illinois homeschooling parents determine when their child is ready for graduation.
Congratulations to the 2013 National Spelling Bee winner - Arvind Mahankali. An 8th grader at Bayside’s Middle School 74, he plans on spending his summer studying physics. But keeping with the homeschool theme on this website, I will add that three homeschooled young ladies won 4th, 7th and 10th place. 4th place finisher and comedienne, Amber Born, received a standing ovation as she left the stage.
Our current day and age reveals public school students boycotting standardized testing while federal Common Core invasions are occurring on a local level. Controversial profits are made off children’s backs, who must steadfastly fill in the tedious dots in the classroom. Actual learning seems to be increasingly irrelevant, even as “mid-course corrections” are requested. Even so, The Daily Iowan wanted homeschoolers to stay in middle of that messy business with continued standardized testing.