California judges say parents do not have a right to home-school their children.

I am not a big pettion kind of guy BUT, the California is at it again. They have once again decided that the State knows what is best for our children. Looks like Jann and I are now criminals 🙂 and we will need to keep Conor hidden in the basement during school hours, kind of reminds me of the days long gone when another government knew better how to raise our kids. It is funny in an odd kind of way, The State seems to think it is not a child it is a choice, they can be plucked from the womb with impunity then on the other hand they want to “protect” the children from thier parents when it comes to “choice” about schooling. What a pile of dung.


Anyway, without getting into a long dissertation on why we home-school or the pros and cons, can I ask you to take a look at THIS pettition and join it.

102,952 signatures so far!

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.

HSLDAwill 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.

I do appreciate it



3 Replies to “California judges say parents do not have a right to home-school their children.”

  1. 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:

    California Education Law:

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