Homeschooling May Soon Be Illegal in CA

I got this email from a couple of sources today, a friend and Alpha Omega Curriculum:

A California state appellate court ruled February 28, 2008, that it is illegal for parents to teach their children at home without a teaching certificate! That's right! That means for all practical purposes, homeschooling is not a legal educational option any longer for California families. Unbelievably, Justice H. Walter Croskey and the two other members of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in California's San Diego county signed an opinion which stated, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children." Reversing historic gains, California parents are once again in a head-to-head battle to protect their rights to homeschool!

I can't believe that this is happening- if this doesn't get overturned, it may very well be illegal to homeschool anywhere in the US without a teaching certificate, and if you are certified only in a secondary field you wouldn't be able to teach anything but that subject! This is absolutely an atrocious intrusion on the freedom of parents to actually raise their own children.

We must take action- do everything we can to protect the rights of parents to homeschool their children!



2 comments

GinnyBerry said...

I wouldn't worry about this too much. I believe that this court's decision will be overturned.

Parents should be able to decide what education is best for their own children, as long as they are not taking public money (tax dollars) for doing so.

Comparing public schooling, private schooling, and homeschooling is like comparing apples and oranges.

Kelly said...

Thanks for posting the link to sign the petition. You're the only blogger who did that. I already signed it.
Kelly