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The Thacker Case

HSLDA members Eric Thacker and his wife, Gail Morgan-Thacker—who had just moved into Nebraska—were charged with truancy because they began homeschooling their five children two months after the public schools convened in September. Although this still gave the Thackers plenty of time to meet the state’s hourly instruction requirements and the state department of education had approved their exempt school, a county judge insisted on charging them with violating the compulsory attendance law. The case eventually was heard by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the Thackers.


Truancy Difficulties: One Family’s Ongoing SagaJanuary 12, 2012

HSLDA to Appeal Criminal Conviction for Homeschool FamilyFebruary 13, 2012

Homeschool Parents’ Conviction AppealedMay 18, 2012

Appeals Judge Overturns Parents’ Truancy ConvictionsSeptember 18, 2012

HSLDA Defends Homeschooling Family in Supreme CourtJanuary 22, 2013

Preparing for the Nebraska Supreme CourtMarch 4, 2013

Thackers Win in Nebraska Supreme CourtJune 4, 2013