California Puts Restrictions on Homeschooling

The state government wins a round over the content of schooling in California:

A California court has ruled that several children in one homeschool family must be enrolled in a public school or "legally qualified" private school, and must attend, sending ripples of shock into the nation's homeschooling advocates as the family reviews its options for appeal.

The ruling came in a case brought against Jonathan and Mary Long over the education being provided to two of their eight children. They are considering an appeal to the state Supreme Court, because they have homeschooled all of their children, the oldest now 29, because of various anti-Christian influences in California's public schools.

The decision from the 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles granted a special petition brought by lawyers appointed to represent the two youngest children after the family's homeschooling was brought to the attention of child advocates. . . .



Blogger Crimson Wife said...

The Longs are in compliance with the CA Educational Code but these 3 appointed judges have arbitrarily read more into the language of the law then is actually there. There is nothing in the code stating that a "full-time private day school" cannot be located in the parents' home but the judges have ruled that only traditional private schools qualify. It's a completely outrageous intrusion by the State into the rights of parents to raise their children as they deem best.

3/01/2008 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comment. Furthermore with the decline in quality of many public schools, it should be the parent's choice to where and how their children are educated. Mark up another anti-social, draconian point for Kalifornistan.

3/01/2008 7:51 PM  
Blogger mxa818 said...

Homeschooling kids do better on states test than public schools. this is why my son will be put out from public school into homeschool.

3/06/2008 10:18 PM  

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