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California Resists Home School Ruling
The parents of some 200,000 home-schooled kids in California were stunned last week when they learned that a judge had declared home schooling illegal unless conducted by a licensed teacher.
For the moment, though, those parents can breathe a sigh of relief. Yesterday, Jack O'Connell, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, released a statement saying that the California Department ofEducation will not go after parents who do not have teaching credentials.
California Proposed Bill -- ACR 115
Assembly Concurrent Resolution ACR 115 - Denounces Anti-homeschool Appellate Court Decision
Authored by State Assembly Member Joel Anderson ACR 115 supports the right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. It expresses the Legislature's position that the Appellate Court's interpretation of the laws was misguided.
Rule of education
There was a certain paradox in last week's state appeals court ruling that requires parents who school their children at home to hold teaching credentials.
The students we worry about are those whose parents isolate them from a full curriculum of basic subjects - especially those who follow the philosophy of "unschooling."
Calif. school chief backs parents' right to home school
California's top public education official is reassuring parents who home school their children that his department will not try to force them into the conventional school system following a state appeals court ruling on the issue.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell issued a statement today saying that after reviewing the ruling, he sees no reason to change the state's policies regarding home schooled students.
Valley Home-School Teachers Upset Over New Court Ruling
Home schooling parents in the Valley are reacting to a recent court decision outlawing the practice.
Mike Goosen and his wife Tami have spent more than a decade in the Valley, home-schooling their three kids. "Part of our decision is our belief that it's our God given right and requirement to teach our kids," said Goosen.
It Takes a Village to Raise an Idiot: California and Parental Rights
For teachers unions and education bureaucrats, compulsory school attendance is a tool of social control.
Educated people today seem to be embracing concepts that clearheaded philosophers of an earlier era would quickly recognize as lunacy. An interviewee of the San Francisco Chronicle (long known as a nationally ranked platform for less-than-brilliant comments) has recently trotted out one of the oldest, but most disturbing ideas: that the government has a more basic claim on children than parents do.
CA home school mom says 'we will have to move'
Home schooling parents are reacting to a recent California appellate court decision outlawing the practice.
Kathleen, a home school mom from near Sacramento was caught completely off guard when she learned that a three-judge panel - considering a child welfare case -- had issued a blanket ruling declaring that California parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children.
California Liberals on the Attack with Parents Who Home School
Being a new home schooler here in Texas for about four weeks now, it caught my attention, when someone on MySpace posted a topic regarding home schooling in California on an abortion debate board.
This legal opinion coming out of California is no surprise regarding the fact that it is a very liberal state. So, home schoolers everywhere - beware! If this opinion sticks there is a guarantee that soon it will push through other states quickly. But, why is the California court so adamant about this opinion?
Lawmaker: Reject homeschooling opinion
Just days after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted a court ruling that threatens homeschooling in his state, a member of the California State Assembly has introduced a resolution recommending the decision be overturned.
And advocates for homeschooling confirm they are telling their constituents to continue with their plans, and make preparations to leave the "immoral" government public school system, despite the conclusion from Judge H. Walt Croskey.
Anderson Authors Resolution To Protect Home-Schooling
Decrying the February 28, 2008 Appellate Court decision attacking home-schooling, Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) has introduced an Assembly Resolution calling upon the California Supreme Court to reverse the opinion.
Anderson's Home-Schooled Daughter Recently Accepted to U.S. Air Force Academy. Anderson and his wife Kate have home-schooled their three children. Their eldest daughter Mary, a product of this home-schooling, was recently accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Anderson's Resolution Supported by Homeschool Associations in California
Assemblymember Joel Anderson, a conservative Republican whose children are taught at home, has introduced a concurrent resolution in the California Assembly. If it passes, it will go to the state Senate for their vote.
The resolution states that homeschooled children perform well at college and in life, that there is a rich history of homeschooling, that an estimated 200,000 children in California and 2,000,000 children in the U.S. are taught at home, that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the fundamental right of parents to have their children educated outside of state schools, that the appellate decision is misguided, and that the Supreme Court should reverse the decision.
Resolution in Support of Homeschooling Introduced
According to Karen Taylor of the California Homeschool Network, California Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) has introduced a resolution ACR 115 supporting homeschooling.
Although neither CHN nor any of the other homeschooling groups were involved in drafting this resolution, CHN is requesting that California residents supportive of homeschooling contact their legislators & ask them to vote for resolution ACR 115.
California blow to home schoolers
A California Appeal Court has dealt a blow to parents who home school their children, saying in its ruling that only those with teaching credentials can educate their children at home.
Advocates for the families vowed to appeal against the decision to the state Supreme Court. Unlike at least 30 other states, home schooling is not specifically addressed in California law.
Homeschooling ruling won't affect local parents
A court ruling against Southern California parents who were homeschooling their children without a teaching credential does not affect local students enrolled in home study charter schools, local school administrators said Friday.
"The court case is aimed at something called private affidavit," said Jenny Travers, director of Twin Ridges Home Study Charter in Nevada City. "There are parents who have signed up with the state of California and registered themselves as a private affidavit school.
Gov. Schwarzenegger Promises Reprieve to California Homeschoolers
In late February, California's Second District Court of Appeals issued a ruling that effectively banned every form of homeschooling in the state--whether coordinated through a public school district, combined with online schooling, or otherwise...
It was a ruling with widespread implications for every homeschooling parent in the state, and one that is now being challenged on two fronts: by homeschool advocates and by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
Preparations for countering California decision: looking good for homeschoolers
California's buzz about a state court of appeals decision regarding the Long family has spread out across the country.
My understanding is that this Appeals Court consists of a Jerry Brown appointee (Klein) and two Guv Wilson appointees (Croskey and Kitching). We can never pretend that there is too much difference between the 2 parties in what "limited government" really means. One Democrat appointee and two Republican appointees made this decision.
Court ruling rattles many homeschool supporters
Edwina Cirelli and her husband teach at local schools. But the Vallejo parents homeschool their youngest children, ages 17, 12 and 10.
"As an educator, I firmly believe in individualized education," said Cirelli, who teaches at Pathways Charter School in Benicia. "Both my husband and I were drawn to the relationship we saw homeschooling parents have with their children."
Schwarzenegger Defends Homeschoolers
My love for the sport and science of weightlifting developed my fondness for bodybuilding, and especially its icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I try to remember Arnold as the great hero...
I was happy to see Arnold speak up on and defend homeschooling. Schwarzenegger formally declared opposition to this Nazi tactic and he has vowed to fight the ruling and protect those peaceful, independent people who believe that they have a right to direct and perform the education process for their own children.
Home school's legality questioned, not independent study's
A recent appellate court ruling in Southern California won't affect most of the students in Butte County being taught at home, said Butte County Superintendent of Schools Don McNelis.
McNelis said the ruling would not apply to students in independent study programs, such as Hearthstone School or Core Butte Charter School, where a fully credentialed teacher is assigned to every student and drives instruction.
In Re Rachel L. (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 28, 2008)
Things aren't going very well for Justice Croskey lately. He published an opinion late last week about homeschooling that was interesting, but which I didn't think was especially worthy of comment.
But then the firestorm began. The press got a hold of the opinion, the homeschoolers went up in arms, and all of the sudden Justice Croskey was barraged, I'm sure, with a plethora of phone calls, e-mails, and critiques. My strong, sense is that Justice Croskey's chambers is as we speak working on a sua sponte amendment to the opinion to make its more limited message clearer.
A Call for Judge's Impeachment in California Homeschooling Ruling
"Judge Croskey has clearly allowed his personal bias to override his responsibility to impartial interpretation of the laws. The Judge has egregiously breached his duties," says Rothschild.
Justice Walter Croskey needs to be held accountable through the mandated procedures that address judicial misconduct of this calibre -- disbarment and impeachment. Rothschild does not stop there.
Criminalizing Home Schooling -- Does This Affect Home Businesses?
If you're a home business owner who home schools one or more children, you may want to learn what's happening in California.
One California judge went back to an old early 1950's law and decided home schooling parents must be credentialed teachers, or they could be considered as breaking the law.
California Bans Home Schooling: Your Rights as a Parent
Most parents want to do what is best for their child. They want them to be well loved, educated, emotionally stable, and have a bright future. As parents, they have rights to give their children these things...
Tough love or overindulgence, making them pay their own way through college or setting up a fund the day they're born, sending them to a public school or homeschooling them. This last right, however, has been seriously threatened by a ruling on February 28, 2008 in a California Court ruling.
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