Friday, March 07, 2008

Homeschoolers Under Attack in CA

"...A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.

The homeschooling movement never saw the case coming.

Yet the appeals court said state law has been clear since at least 1953, when another appellate court rejected a challenge by homeschooling parents to California's compulsory education statutes. Those statutes require children ages 6 to 18 to attend a full-time day school, either public or private, or to be instructed by a tutor who holds a state credential for the child's grade level.

"California courts have held that ... parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children," Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling issued on Feb. 28. "Parents have a legal duty to see to their children's schooling under the provisions of these laws."

Parents can be criminally prosecuted for failing to comply, Croskey said." (source)

This is the first I've read about this case and am wondering how widespread the impact could be? Will this give other States precedent to require teaching certificates for parents that choose to homeschool their children? Should States have been requiring that all along?

What are the current standards? Can someone that never graduated high school homeschool? Someone with only a HS diploma? Are there proficiency tests for the parents before they can homeschool? I think a lot of people have questions about that and what level of education some of these kids are receiving...maybe this case will bring some of that to light.

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