October 8, 2002

New Homeschool Regulations in Nevada

At their meeting on September 14, 2002, the Nevada State Board of Education officially began the process of writing new homeschool regulations. Nevada homeschoolers have been working long hours to come up with new language to suggest to the Board. Home School Legal Defense Association attorney Scott Somerville will be flying to Nevada on October 9th to be in Carson City when the Northern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council discusses the current draft. He will then visit Las Vegas the next day to discuss the language with local homeschoolers.

Nevada recently adopted "Content and Performance Standards" that are intended to provide accountability to public schools. Homeschoolers and school officials were both surprised to discover that one unintended consequence of the public school reform efforts was to link Nevada's homeschool regulations to these new public school standards. Homeschool leaders and school officials agreed that it would be better to try to resolve problems by writing new regulations rather than by going to court over the current law.

On September 13 and 14, 2002, the Nevada State Board of Education initiated the process of revising Nevada's homeschool regulations. Gary Waters, Vice President of the Nevada Board of Education, explained that historically the board has needed to do little with regard to homeschooling, and that homeschooling has done very well in Nevada. Vice President Waters asked the board and the department to support homeschoolers by working with the Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN) and other homeschool groups. State Board Member Theresa Malone then moved that NHN and other homeschooling groups work together with the department to change the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).

HSLDA and Nevada homeschoolers have drafted proposed language to change the regulations. These will be discussed at the Southern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, and again at the Northern Nevada Homeschool Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Carson City. The language will then be discussed at a State Board of Education Workshop at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas. We encourage as many people as possible to make plans to attend that workshop.

Click on the link below for official notice and proposed regulations:

Click on the link below for more information on meeting times: