School choice in Nebraska
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School choice options in Nebraska include: homeschooling, online learning, private schools and mandatory public school open enrollment policies.
Educational choice options
An estimated 8,833 students were home-schooled in Nebraska during the 2012-2013 school year, which represented approximately 2.67 percent of all students in the state.
Home schools are called exempt schools in Nebraska. They are considered non-approved or non-accredited schools. In order to homeschool their children, parents or guardians must file for exemption with the Commissioner of Education 30 days before their school district begins classes for the new school year. They must file for exemption annually after that by August 1. Then, before the exempt school may begin, parents or guardians must submit a calendar for the school year detailing a minimum of 1,032 hours of instruction for elementary school students and 1,080 hours for secondary school students. A summary of instruction for language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and health must also be submitted, as well as a list of all potential instructional monitors.
Nebraska does not have any fully online public schools. However, it does offer students a combination of blended learning, videoconferencing and supplemental online classes.
In the 2011-2012 school year 37,073 students, or 12.3 percent of school age children, were enrolled in 207 private schools. Nebraska ranks 13th highest in the U.S. in private school attendance.
Public school open enrollment
The state has two public school open enrollment policies: a mandatory inter-district policy and a mandatory intra-district policy. The mandatory inter-district policy pertains mostly to the Omaha metropolitan area school districts. These policies allow students to transfer once prior to graduation, not including students moving to a different school attendance area. Schools are only allowed to opt out of this policy if there is no space available for the student. Priority is given to students whose siblings attend the school and then to students who would contribute to socioeconomic diversity at the school.
Education ballot measures
Ballotpedia has tracked no statewide ballot measures relating to school choice in Nebraska.
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- National Conference of State Legislatures, "School Choice and Charters," accessed June 18, 2014
- Friedman Foundation for School Choice, "What is School Choice?" accessed June 18, 2014
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, "Total Number of Schools: 2012-2013 Nebraska," accessed June 24, 2014
- A2Z Home's Cool - Home Education from A to Z, "How Many Homeschoolers in America?" updated February 3, 2014
- A2Z Home's Cool - Home Education from A to Z, "Nebraska Home School Laws," accessed June 24, 2014
- Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning, "Data & Information: Nebraska," accessed June 24, 2014
- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Private School Universe Survey (PSS)", 2011-12 ; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey", 2011-12 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a., accessed May 12, 2014.
- Education Commission of the States, "50-State Analysis," accessed June 24, 2014