Is California is still OK to homeschool?

Is California is still OK to homeschool?

According to one “on the ground” in California, the recent federal ruling does not outlaw homeschooling there. (See Learning at Home blog.) I was skeptical of this myself and didn’t post about the earlier alarmist Worldnet Daily article. Yesterday, the AP was repeating similar conclusions. Now today, SFGate has this story, quoting gleeful teachers union members and a (typically) alarmist HSLDA. I don’t know what to think. Please comment if you know anything.

A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.
The homeschooling movement never saw the case coming.
“At first, there was a sense of, ‘No way,’ ” said homeschool parent Loren Mavromati, a resident of Redondo Beach (Los Angeles County) who is active with a homeschool association. “Then there was a little bit of fear. I think it has moved now into indignation.” Read more…

3 Replies to “Is California is still OK to homeschool?”

  1. Henry Cate at Why Homeschool provided a link to the actual court opinion. Here http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B192878.PDF

    I live in CA and have a friend who is a homeschool dad and an attorney. He looked at the ruling and said that he sees it as definitely concerning. However, he seemed to think that it was not a very legally sound opinion and not likely to stand.

    The thing is, we can’t just ignore it because then it could set precedent. However, there is not a need to panic. The average homeschool family can go about its life as usual. Just stay informed and be ready to take a stand if need be.

  2. Apparently in California there are two ways to educate a child outside of the public school system, either a private school or a tutor. A tutor must have credentials, a private school educator does not have to have credentials. The court decided that this did not meet the requirement for a private school since the children were not physically attending the umbrella school they were enrolled in. Therefore, they were tutoring, which the Mother lacked credentials for.

    The California Department of Education states that private schools are not required to be accredited. The courts in California seem to be of the opinion that a home school cannot meet the requirements as a private school. I have to question that since I find nothing in the law itself to say it cannot meet the standards as a private school, just court cases.

    Perhaps the real answer is legislature clarification on this issue. If the legislature really intends to interfere with a parents decision on how to educate their child they should have the courage to say so rather then hiding behind a courts interpretation.

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