By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, March 6th, 2008 at 11:00 am in Schools.
Here’s a news blast likely to rock California homeschool households. A state appellate court ruled this week that California parents who don’t have a teaching credential cannot homeschool their kids, and those who defy the law are subject to criminal action. The L.A. Times story quotes Justice H. Walter Croskey of the 2nd District Court of Appeals as saying, “Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.”
Some 166,000 California kids are home schooled, a state of affairs California’s department of education has allowed if parents hire a credentialed tutor, enroll their kids in an independent study proram through a bricks-and-mortar school, or if they declare themselves to be, essentially, their own private school. School districts are supposed to enforce those rules, but they’ve been lax on the oversight. Now, the loophole has been closed. The family who sparked the case, an L.A. household with eight homeschooled kids, is vowing to appeal the case to the state supreme court.
And we are very, very curious to see what happens next. The California Homeschool Network says nothing has changed and that “this is the opinion of one court.” Folks, it’s the Second District Court of Appeals, not Judge Judy.
What are your thoughts? What do you think of homeschooling? And if you are a homeschool family, what are you planning to do?