California homeschooling is currently making state and national news, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will soon. CHN is fielding hundreds of phone calls and even more emails. We want our members to know about this situation because with the sudden media attention, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers will soon be asking if you know that it’s now “illegal to homeschool in California.” With CHN’s help, you’ll be able to tell them the entire story, and also tell them that homeschoolers are not breaking the law!
On February 28th, the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles County wrote a ruling against homeschooling. Faced with one homeschooling family with a long history of problems, the court chose to write that all parents do not have a right to homeschool unless the parent has a teaching credential! This ruling may impact all homeschoolers, including those who are enrolled in independent study programs or charters.
The court opinion is being taken very seriously. Karen Taylor and Loren Mavromati from CHN have participated in two conference calls this week with the California groups HSC, CHEA, Family Protection Ministry, and Virginia based HSLDA. The groups are cooperating and working closely together as we mutually look for the best resolution for all homeschoolers.
Our Joint Current Opinion
The CA state group leaders along with national HSLDA are in agreement that nothing has changed, and it is as legal to homeschool in California today as it was before this ruling. You may hear otherwise in the media, so remain aware and read the latest information at CHN’s legal updates page.
This is where you can read the actual court document along with commentary. We are updating it daily so that you will have the latest information, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing the important facts. We are also discussing the issue on the CaliforniaHS elist as well as CHN’s members only elist, The Grapevine.
What is Being Done
CHN and HSC are in contact with law firms who are interested in helping defend our freedoms in California. Because HSLDA has members in CA, they are also doing the same. Individual briefs will likely be written, and requests to “depublish” the report will be submitted. If the depublish requests are successful, it would be removed from public record, and would not be cited against homeschoolers. We think there’s an excellent chance that it will be successful, but if not, we’ll continue to defend homeschooling in other ways. All groups are opposed to legislation, unless there is no other option.
What Can YOU do?
We know the first impulse is to call a legislator, but we ask that you do not do that. Please remember that legislation could lead to restrictions in homeschooling.
* CHN has had great success in the past in rallying state homeschoolers at just the right time to make a huge difference. If we notify you and ask for assistance, please respond.
* We ask that you encourage your homeschooling friends to join CHN. It’s time that every homeschooler in California join a state group, so that we can be as strong as possible in fighting this.
* Please join CHN’s statewide email list.
We want that list to continue to grow, so that when media members are researching homeschooling, they’ll see that thousands of members are on the list. It’s impressive now, and we want to make it more so! Even if you choose “no mail”, please join the list as a way to increase our numbers. Of course, we’ll also welcome you to participate in the daily discussions, as you have time!
* We need homeschoolers willing to talk to the media. Most reporters want to talk to a typical homeschooler, and some have special requests that can be hard to match up with the kind of homeschooler they want.
* It’s critical that we carefully monitor legislation this year. If you like internet searches and research, please help. No experience necessary.
* We need everyone to stay calm and keep enjoying your homeschooling experience! We know that CHN members can do that!
CHN’s Legal Defense Fund
The CHN Legal Defense Fund was established in 2000. CHN has not solicited funds in many years. However, we believe there is now a need, as we prepare to work with attorneys to build a good defense for CHN members. Donations may be sent to:
CHN Legal Defense Fund
PO Box 402427
Hesperia, CA 92340-2427
Credit card donations may be made online at CHN’s online store or calling (800) 327-5339.
Thank you for your continued support. Remember, it’s time to be fully aware, but it’s not time to be afraid.
California Homeschool Network