We agree with the Thackers.

Read the Nebraska Supreme Court’s complete ruling.

Parental Rights Protected

“The Supreme Court of Nebraska did a very thorough and careful job in upholding the right of parents to direct their children’s education,” said Farris. “Contrary to the prosecutor’s argument, children are not ‘presumed’ to be enrolled in public schools.”

The Thackers were at a homeschool conference when the court made its decision. “We were so delighted to read the outcome of the case when we returned,” they wrote in reply our email notifying them of the ruling. “Thanks for all of your hard work in our case! We are so excited and blessed to have such a wonderful organization to protect homeschoolers! There aren’t enough words we can say to express our appreciation! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”

Because the Thackers were HSLDA members, we covered every dollar of their defense. This would have cost an absolute minimum of $20,000. But the family’s out-of-pocket defense expense was zero.

If you are an HSLDA member, you had a part in this victory. Thank you for banding together with 80,000 other families to defend homeschooling! You can count on HSLDA to defend you if you are the next family a prosecutor accuses of violating compulsory attendance law in connection with homeschooling.

If you are not already a member of HSLDA, would you consider joining to add your support to the cause of homeschooling freedom?

Previous articles on the Thacker Case:

Courtesy HSLDA. Used with permission.

HSLDA Founder and Chairman Michael P. Farris is the homeschooling father of 10 children.

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Visit us online at www.HSLDA.org.

Publication date: June 12, 2013