California Homeschooling~ Outrageous Ruling

A California Court of Appeal recently decided that homeschooling is illegal in California unless a parent is a certified teacher.

The case arose in a confidential juvenile court proceeding. The family was represented by court-appointed attorneys and HSLDA did not become aware of the case until the Court of Appeal case was published on February 28, 2008.

The Court could have restricted its decision to the facts before it, but instead, it issued a broad ruling that effectively outlaws home education in California. The Court also certified its decision for publication, which means that the decision can now be cited as legal authority by all other courts in California.

The family and their California counsel are planning to appeal to the Supreme Court of California, which could result in reversal.

Another option to keep homeschooling free in California is to petition the Supreme Court of California to “depublish” the opinion. If the opinion is “depublished” then it cannot be used by other California courts and this threat to homeschool freedom will be neutralized for other California homeschoolers.

HSLDA will be formally petitioning the California Supreme Court to depublish the opinion. We would like to show that many other people, both in California and across the country, care deeply about homeschool freedom in California.

Please show your support for this effort by signing the petition today.

Petition to Request Depublishing of California Court Case In re Rachel L.

Please Sign this Petition to Support Homeschool Freedom in California. 127,968 signatures so far!

https://www2.hslda.org/Registrations/DepublishingCaliforniaCourtDecision/

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One Response

  1. I have posted about this situation as well. It is good to see others taking this situation seriously, because many are not.

    You can see my take on this matter here:

    http://www.thefullquiverhomeschoolhouse.wordpress.com

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