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A California court has ruled that parents must be credentialed in order to educate their own children at home.  In its decision, the Second District Court of Appeals stated that “parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.”

What does this mean?  In a practical sense it means that parents without teaching and counselling certificates will be breaking the law if they keep their children out of school and teach them at home.

In an ideological sense it means that the California courts system has decided that children are the property of the government, and parents are merely tools of the government, responsible for providing a government-approved education.

This decision affects not only the 166,000 homeschool children of California; it could have a chilling effect on homeschooling nationwide, which is a shame.  A disproportionate number of brilliant American children come from homeschooling families, and the standardized test scores of these children are also higher than those from public schools.  In addition to personalized teaching from a teacher who loves them, these children also benefit from one-on-one attention from a teacher whose motivation is greater than money or continued employment.

Ironically, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that 5.5% of California’s public schoolteachers lack the same credentials being cited as so important in this decision.

The Governator

To his credit, California’s usually liberal Republican governor has spoken up in support of the overwhemingly conservative homeschooling community, saying this: “This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.”

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4 Comments

  1. With less than 60% graduation rates the schools should be on trial.

    It is amazing that the education system in the U.S. is run exclusively by the liberal agenda in this country, so it should be a utopia. No child left behind increased education funding from $2.7B to $26.5B there shouldn’t be a budget problem. The Unions/Democrats/liberals do not like no child left behind because it set accountability standards to be met. The teachers do not like the fact that if the school falls below standard a charter school can be started. When a charter school is started the unions rules are thrown out the window and teachers not up to standard will be fired, not protected.

    Read more at:
    http://digitalartpress.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/only-39-of-seniors-graduate-from-new-orleans-high-schools/

  2. If I understand the ruling, correctly, it states: “It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full time day school is required by California law for minor children unless,” said the appellate court, “(1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught, or (3) one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance (Ed. Code, § 48220 et seq.) applies to the child.”
    The key word above is: unless. And the key phrase is one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance.
    Here is “One of the other few statutory exemptions”:
    Qualify as a Private School by filing an annual affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between October 1 and 15.

    Court Documents: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B192878.PDF

    California Education Law: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=edc&codebody=33190%2C+48220&hits=20

  3. Home schooling is illegal in California. Most home schoolers are Christians and all they know to do is fearmonger. Just look at this as an example!

    http://www.cftie.org/2007/12/sb-777-will-per.html

  4. The liberals are the fearmongers. Who should answer the red phone at 3am?

    If you don’t vote for a woman or black man or say anything about them you are a racist or sexist.

    Not all home schooler are Christians, another fearmoging statement for those who fear God.


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