The State Superintendent of Public Instruction in California, Jack O’Connell, has come to the defense of homeschool families. O’Connell stated that, “The California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling. Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state.”
The action in California is dizzying. The court rules that homeschooling is illegal. The Public School State Superintendent says it doesn’t matter.
The Court had ruled that homeschool parents had to be credentialed teachers to educate their own children. “O’Connell has it right,” said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA. “But the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom can be restored in California.” The Court of Appeal ruling shocked the homeschool community because in one sweeping decision it effectively outlawed homeschooling. “We hope the statement from O’Connell puts the brakes on any enforcement action,” said Farris. HSLDA will be pursuing several legal options, including seeking review by the California Supreme Court and petitioning the same court to depublish the opinion in order to return California to being a state where a family can legally homeschool in California without fear. “We have just started the legal battle to restore homeschool freedom in California,” said Farris.
To visit HSLDA’s Info page on this court decision, which has the legal status, link to the decision, and info on legal grounds for homeschooling in California, use this link: http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=4890
Original Report by Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association