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Archived December 12, 2008
Link to all the articles about the ruling.
Review & Outlook
The Wall Street Journal
Posted August 16, 2008
Excerpt: But in a rare victory for parental choice, the public school monopoly won't be able to exploit a bad case to declare that homeschooling is unconstitutional.
The bottom line is this: The requirement existed that credentialed tutors were required, the practice existed that parents homeschooled without having credentials as tutors, the Legislature and state agencies accepted the practice despite the law, the Court recognized this occurred and concluded that because it occurred, the practice was accepted despite the existence of the law. More importantly, the Court held that despite the Constitutional rights of parents to the upbringing and education of their children, the state can override that right.
While NHELD is gratified that parents in California will be able to continue to homeschool as they did previously, we continue to admonish all parents to become fully informed of what the statutes in their state actually say and to adhere to the provisions of those statutes. If parents do not agree with the requirements in those statutes, the appropriate way pursuant to the Constitution to change that law is by an appeal to the Legislature of that state, not to the Courts.
A Great Victory for California Homeschoolers In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District today ruled that “California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education.” (Read entire opinion).
In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District today ruled that “California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education.” (Read entire opinion).
Caution: In the closing paragraph of "4. California Has Few Express Limitations on Home Schooling," the court states:
Given the state’s compelling interest in educating all of its children (Cal. Const., art. IX, § 1), and the absence of an express statutory and regulatory framework for home schooling in California, additional clarity in this area of the law would be helpful.
Further vigilance is clearly in order, and homeschoolers in California and other states should take note.
by Tom Faure
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Posted August 8, 2008
Excerpt: Lakeview Christian is offering 100 full-tuition grants on a first-come, first-served, basis, said assistant administrator Tina Barber.... “What better way to serve families seeking a quality, Christian education?” Mr. Hammontree said...
by Phyllis Schlafly
Posted August 1, 2008
For anyone who still doubts that public schools are the battleground for the minds of America's children, this is well worth a read. And as important as any part of the article is the closing sentence: "Will parents be silent about the radical goals of their children's teachers?" We should consider that many parents are being silenced. We can help empower them.
by Andrea L. Foster
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Information Technology Section
From issue dated July 25, 2008
Excerpt: Tucked away in a 1,200-page bill now in Congress is a small paragraph that could lead distance-education institutions to require spy cameras in their students' homes.
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
First Principles Journal
Posted February 14, 2008
Why do progressives hate homeschooling – really? According to Thomas E. Woods, Jr., it’s for this reason: Homeschooling has grown to be the ultimate “parallel society” – one of many in our diverse country – a society that has developed without the aid and without the sanction of the state and has flourished along side a host of other distinct belief systems that make up our larger society.
Progressives do not think parallel societies should be allowed to exist. They believe in one society – created by the state. As if the existence of these parallel societies isn’t bad enough for progressives, homeschooling society serves as the ultimate proof that their ideology is wrong.
Polls show parents want education alternatives
Posted June 16, 2008
Excerpt: ...among Idaho voters, only 12 percent of parents said they would choose government school for their children if other options were available. The results were similar in other states, including Illinois, Nevada and Tennessee.
Posted June 9, 2008
Excerpt: A new bilingual kids book is apparently "unfit" for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) because it shows kids that affirmative action actually hinders their success.... [Author Tony] Robles wants as many kids as possible to get the message that the American dream is alive and attainable by everyone who works to achieve it, but that pride, self-reliance and inner strength, not special preferences, are the keys to reaching that goal.
Focus on the Family
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Ludwig von Mises Institute Daily Article
Posted on April 7, 2008
Excerpt: This runs contrary to intuition, since people think of public schools as free and private schools as expensive. But once you consider the source of funding (tax dollars vs. market tuition or donation), the private alternative is much cheaper. In fact, the public schools cost as much as the most expensive and elite private schools in the country. The difference is that the cost of public schooling is spread out over the entire population, whereas the private school cost is borne only by the families with students who attend them.
by John Stossel
Real Clear Politics
Posted April 2, 2008
Excerpt: There you have it; a primary purpose of government schools is to train schoolchildren "in loyalty to the state." Somehow that protects "the public welfare" more than allowing parents to homeschool their children, even though homeschooled kids routinely outperform government-schooled kids academically.
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