Permission Granted by California Court to File Brief in the case of In Re Rachel L.
Arbor Academy, AtoZ Home's Cool, Beach High School, Excellence in Education,
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Grace Christian Academy, Homefires Journal and
Northern California African American Homeschoolers Association (the "Homeschooling
Groups") announced today that they have been granted their application to
jointly file a brief on an amicus curiae basis with the appellate court in
Southern California that will be rehearing the recent case affecting homeschooling.
The Homeschooling Groups consist of several organizations that offer
services for homeschoolers, including secular and religious programs; advocacy
groups supporting gifted, special needs and African American homeschoolers; and
internet portals providing resources for the diverse homeschooling community.
Their joint brief focuses on giving the court factual information about homeschooling.
The groups believe that the court cannot decide whether its prior position that homeschooling
parents must obtain teaching credentials constitutes a permissible regulation without
understanding what homeschooling is and whether objective evidence exists that it works.
Their brief shows the court that California's interest in educating children is
more than adequately met through currently allowed homeschooling methods, and
effectively prohibiting it through a credential requirement is neither reasonable
The court has stated that it intends to schedule the rehearing in June.
Pro bono counsel for the Homeschooling Groups included Bingham McCutchen
of San Francisco, GCA Law Partners of Mountain View and Morrison & Foerster of
Los Angeles. The brief was filed on Monday, May 19, 2008 and approved on May 21,
For further information please contact these organizations as follows:
- Arbor Academy
P.O. Box 3381
Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
Lisa Jackson, Director
- AtoZ Home's Cool
Ann Zeise, Contact Ann Zeise
- Beach High School
5520 Old San Jose Road
Soquel, CA 95073
Wes Beach, Director
- Excellence in Education
Martin Forte, Director
- Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
P.O. Box 18865
San Jose, CA 95158
Telephone: (612) 435-4726
Corin Goodwin, Director
- Grace Christian Academy
- Homefires ~ The Journal of Homeschooling Online
327 Saint Francis Street
Redwood City, CA 94062
Diane Flynn Keith, Founder
- Northern California African American Homeschooler's Association
Z. Afiya Olatunji, Director
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