Home schools not under deadline to begin school

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Nebraska Supreme Court says parents new to homeschooling are not under a deadline to begin that schooling, as long as the minimum instruction hours for the year are met by June 30.

The case stems from the 2011 convictions of Eric Thacker and his wife, Gail Morgan-Thacker, of violating Nebraska's school truancy laws.

The Thackers moved to Dawson County with their five children in March 2011. They were charged and convicted of the misdemeanors later that year when authorities said their children were not home schooled or enrolled in public school from Aug. 17 through Oct. 4.

The Thackers appealed, saying they began homeschooling in October. A Dawson County District Court judge reversed their convictions, saying state law doesn't require parents to begin homeschooling when public school classes begin.

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