I received this rather reassuring e-mail today from HSLDA. We had carefully researched our State Superintendent of Public Instruction before voting for him, and we were very happy to find a candidate that was pro-homeschooling, especially after the previous Superintendent tried time and time again to promote very anti-homeschooling legislation. According to today's update, our vote for Jack O'Connell waas a wise one, and better yet, he was elected. His decision is welcome news for the time being until further action can be taken with the state supreme court.
March 11, 2008
An update to HSLDA Members and Friends on the California Court of
Appeal Decision on Homeschooling:
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell comes to the defense of homeschool families. "The California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling. Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state," he said.
After the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles ruled on February 28 that parents had to be credentialed teachers to educate their own children the statement from O'Connell is encouraging news for the homeschool community.
"O'Connell has it right," said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA. "But the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom can be restored in California."
The Court of Appeal ruling shocked the homeschool community because in one sweeping decision it effectively outlawed homeschooling.
"We hope the statement from O'Connell puts the brakes on any enforcement action," said Farris.
HSLDA will be pursuing several legal options, including seeking review by the California Supreme Court and petitioning the same court to depublish the opinion in order to return California to being a state where a family can legally homeschool in California without fear.
"We have just started the legal battle to restore homeschool freedom in California," said Farris.