Homeschooling illegal in CA?

March 6, 2008

“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. “Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”

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Teachers union officials will also be closely monitoring the appeal. A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said he agrees with the ruling.”What’s best for a child is to be taught by a credentialed teacher,” he said.

Ruling seen as a threat to many home-schooling families

Good luck with that, A.J.

I predict 2 things. First, that this will fail at the State Supreme Court. Second, that membership in HSLDA will skyrocket. Frankly I had put off membership in the group up until now, but some recent things going on in our own state have me seriously reconsidering. Even GetReligion weighed in, with this great observation:

How many of the world’s worst teachers have been credentialed by governing bodies? If credentials are all that matters, why do so many students in public schools fare so poorly? And yet the only response given in the article is some homeschooling bogeyfather in Sacramento saying he’s worried about his kids being indoctrinated with teachings about evolution and same-sex marriage.

(h/t to Mere Comments)

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