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 Home Schooling

Statement issued by California School Chief Jack O'Connell

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell issued the following statement after the
DOE compiled a legal review of the February 28 California Court of Appeal ruling:

"I have reviewed this case, and I want to assure parents that chose to home school that California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this
ruling. Parents still have the right to home school in our state.


"Every child in our state has a legal right to get an education, and I want every child to
get an education that will prepare them for success in college and the world of work in
the challenging global economy.


"As the head of California's public school system, I hope that every parent would want
to send
their children to public school. However, traditional public schools may not be the
best fit for
every student. Within the public school system there are a range of options available.

"Students can take independent study classes, attend a charter school, or participate in non-classroom-based programs. But some parents choose to send their children to private
schools or to home school, and I respect that right.

"I admire the dedication of parents who commit to oversee their children's education
through
home schooling. But, no matter what educational program a student participates
in, it is critical
that the program prepares them for future success in the global economy.
I urge any parent
who is considering or involved in home schooling their children to take advantage of resources and support available through their county or district offices of education."

Resolution To Protect Home Schooling Introduced
    Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) has introduced an Assembly Resolution calling upon the California Supreme Court to reverse the February 28, 2008 Appellate Court decision attacking home-schooling.

     “The misguided action of the Second Appellate Court denies California parents’ primary responsibility for their own children’s education and violates their special role in raising their children,” said Anderson. “We do not need new legislation to resolve this, but simply for the Supreme Court to allow home schooling to continue as it has,” said Anderson.

    The Andersons home-schooled their children. The oldest daughter was recently accepted to the
Positive media on home-schooling.

    Kelly Cobiella did some excellent reporting about home-schooling on the CBS Morning Show. This comes at a time when homeschooling is under attack in California, making it very refreshing to watch. I hope you enjoy these two videos:

•    Part I: Three Ways to Homeschool
•    Part II: Why Families Homeschool

    Part I explores different ways to home-school including the Classical Approach, Eclectic and Unit Study Approach.

    Part II explores reasons why some families home-school. One of the families in this segment is using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Chuck Norris speaks out against California Homeschool Ruling
    As a home school dad himself, Chuck Norris has special interest in this case. His weekly column is devoted to our educational rights as parents in this country has not helped to change the attitude that home schooling parents are well outside the realm of main stream Americas.

    "Is it merely coincidental that home-schooling was outlawed by the Soviet State in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938 and by Communist China in 1949? Will California be next? America? Will we yield control and our educational rights as parents? Such would not only be an American travesty but a human disgrace."

     He includes things you can do to fight educative and legislative tyranny. Ignorant education... from CSUF. I'm trying to keep my reporting on the California court ruling to news items and updates. But this editorial opinion from Cal State Fullerton's Daily Titan caught my eye. It begins with:

    "Home-schooling advocates, headed mainly by Christian zealots, are calling for Gov. Schwarzenegger's protection of their fundamental right to teach their children to be bigots and idiots."
It goes on to state that home-schooled children miss out on a well-rounded education, those who home- school their children are Christians with a narrow view of the world, and not many moms who are home-schooling for religious reasons have a serious education.   

California Home-schooling: Legal Representation Announced
    Two law firms have stepped up on a pro bono basis to figure out the best strategies for dealing with the court issues in the recent California ruling -
  • Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, will be representing HSC.
  • Baker & McKenzie, which has 150 offices around the world, will be representing CHN.
    These two firms will be working closely together ensuring that all arguments are covered and that they aren't' duplicating their efforts. They will also try to coordinate their efforts with HSLDA, CHEA, and Family Protection Ministries.

    This is good news. I'm glad to see the groups working together on this issue. I am confident that the years of work by the state and legal organizations will prove it's worth and this will be solved in a positive manner.

Petition to Request Depublishing of California Court Case In re Rachel L.
    "One option to keep home-schooling 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 home-school freedom will be neutralized for other California home-schoolers." From HSLDA

     You don't have to be a member of HSLDA or a California home-schooler to sign the petition.
Petition to Request Depublishing of California Court Case In re Rachel L.  Petition to Request Depublishing of California Court Case In re Rachel L.

Does court ruling mean trouble for California home-schoolers?
    "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."

This statement was issued by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding
the recent Second District Court of Appeals ruling.

    This California court case decision has definitely created a buzz in the home-school world. The decision goes against everything I believe and I sincerely hope it is overturned by the Supreme Court. But does this case mean trouble for California home-schoolers?  I am confident that it does not.

    In California, it is legal to home-school by filing an affidavit establishing ourselves as a private school or sign up under an umbrella school or an ISP (Independent Study Program). There are lots of support in California and there are four well-established organizations joining together to work on this issue.

    Every home-schooler I run into asks me about this case. One home-school group sent a notice to their members stating that everything will be okay, another sent a notice stating that at this time home-schooling in California is illegal. It is best if everyone remains calm, doesn't overreact and supports the recommendations by the groups that are working on the case.

    It does seem odd to me that so much emphasis was put on why this family wants to home-school their children. I don't think that should matter. I believe that parents should have the right to home-school even without all the religious and moral issues involved. We have the right to choose the best method of educating our children. What do you think?

Home-schooling is legal in all 50 states, let's keep it that way.

•    HSLDA
•    CHN - Legal Updates
•    It’s Not Illegal to Homeschool

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

  
Prioritize an Athletes Education
PDF  Education & Athletes
Home Schooling in California
Orange County High School of the Arts
Tutoring - Information Transfer
Athlete Dormitory Facilities
Nurturing A Figure Skater

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