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California Homeschool
Legal Challenge

Is Homeschooling Still Legal in California?

Pacific Justice Institute Joins Legal Battle

Pacific Justice Institute Will Represent Sunland Christian School before the California Supreme Court

Thanks to Annette K. Hall of LocalHS.com for advising Terry Neven of Sunland Christian School where the Long children were enrolled in the school's Independent Study Program, to contact the Pacific Justice Institute (among other organizations including California Homeschool Network, HomeSchool Association of California, and Home School Legal Defense Association) to inquire about legal representation regarding a case titled "In re Rachel L." in which, according to PJI "the California Court of Appeal has issued an opinion finding no legal right to home school." Looks like Mr. Neven took her advice.

Sunland Christian School Posts Comments On Case at Website

"This writ cannot be overturned by a lower court and could require a California Supreme Court ruling in order to be overturned. ...SCS's attorneys from the Pacific Justice Institute are moving forward to try to have the decision reversed. Appellate writs are open for interpretation."

No Place To Go

Runaway Teens Request For Assistance Triggers Investigation

LocalHS.com offers background information on this homeschool-impacting case that began with a runaway teen's request for help in October of 2005.

Bad Decision By Second Appellate District of California

This is a follow-up article by the Home School Legal Defense Association

HSLDA released a statement this morning that includes this line of reassurance: "We do want to make one point clear, however. Nothing has changed in California regarding your homeschool. HSLDA maintains that the advice we give homeschool families is accurate and that filing a private school affidavit, or enrollment in a private school independent study program (I.S.P) is a valid option under the law in California."

Homefires will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates. For a complete chronological list of updates to this case click here.

Diane Flynn Keith,