February decision that required all homeschool teachers to be state certified.
Religious pundits praised the ruling citing its importance as a “victory for
children,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “We’re
pleased with the court’s decision, which protects the rights of families and
protects an avenue of education that has proven to benefit children time and
ruling, which criminalized parents who taught their children at home without
certification. They consequently launched a petition and filed an appeal.
coming to the defense of homeschooling,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the
Home School Legal Defense Association. “The team effort was remarkable. This is
a great victory for homeschool freedom.”
conclusion, which was based on a case in 1929 that outlawed teaching without
certification. Friday’s decision stated that the case was re-evaluated in light
of other cases upheld in the state’s courts that assumed homeschooling without a
teaching certificate was “permissible in California when conducted as private
be “overridden in order to protect the safety of a child who has been declared
of abusing some of their eight homeschooled children. The judges have ordered a
family court to decide whether the Lynwood family can continue to homeschool
filed a brief in the case in favor of homeschooling, said that parents must be
able to decide what their children are taught.
recognized, namely that the child is not the mere creature of the state,” he
said. “Homeschooling is a constitutionally protected alternative to placing
one’s children in government schools, which frequently push harmful political
and social agendas.” —Felicia Mann