A state appeals court has ruled that California parents don’t have a constitutional right to home school their children, and that all kids need credentialed teachers.
The Associated Press estimates there are 166,000 home-schooled children in California, but that it is unclear how many of them are taught by uncredentialed teachers (i.e. parents).
Do you know Oakland or East Bay families who could be affected by this ruling (which will likely be appealed, if it hasn’t been already)? In your opinion, should parents have the right to educate their own children, even if they don’t have credentials?
Oh, and Gov. Schwarzenegger just jumped into the fray, via news release:
“Every California child deserves a quality education and parents should have the right to decide what’s best for their children. Parents should not be penalized for acting in the best interests of their children’s education. This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights then, as elected officials, we will.”
image from sdBrian’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons