CHN’s Official Statement On the Appellate Court Ruling on California Homeschooling

logo.gifDear CHN Members,

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!

The Problem

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!

Volunteers Needed

* 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!

Volunteer now!

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
(800) 327-5339


8 Responses to “CHN’s Official Statement On the Appellate Court Ruling on California Homeschooling”

  1. jhcckkm Says:

    If I understand the ruling, correctly, it states: “It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full time day school is required by California law for minor children unless,” said the appellate court, “(1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught, or (3) one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance (Ed. Code, § 48220 et seq.) applies to the child.”
    The key word above is: unless. And the key phrase is one of the other few statutory exemptions to compulsory public school attendance.
    Here is “One of the other few statutory exemptions”:
    Qualify as a Private School by filing an annual affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between October 1 and 15.

    Court Documents:

    California Education Law:

  2. Doc Says:

    Doc’s patiently waiting for those apologies to start rolling in…..

  3. Doc’s Sunrise Rants » Well? Says:

    […] like homeschooling organizations in California, at least the inclusive ones, agree with […]

  4. Larry Says:

    Home schooling is illegal in California. Most home schoolers are Christians and all they know to do is fearmonger. Just look at this as an example!

  5. sunniemom Says:

    Larry- How did you manage to type that comment? I’d think it would take two hands to hold that broad of a brush. 😉

    That is a great informational post, Tammy. I appreciate your level-headed approach and calm concern.

  6. michelle Says:

    I was just about ready to consider the homeschooling after the constant threats our kids are facing in Los Angeles county. I dont live in the best area and I am already sending my kids to a school outside of my neighborhood because of the crimes in the area. The way things are going right now with gangs and school shottings and graffiti and school not excepting liability for the children during school is really making me lean towards this type of schooling.

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  8. Tammy Says:

    jhcc – arguments such as this indicate how likely it is that the ruling will be depublished, based on legal perspective alone.

    doc – I’m sure, no matter how this all turns out, there will be someone out there who stands up and says, “I told you so.”

    Larry – what exactly is your point? What do you think the solution is? It’s easy to bitch, no so easy to come up with fair and reasonable answers.

    sunnie – thanks 🙂

    michele – this is the best time to start homeschooling! Anyone who tries to stop you has the potential to be lynched.

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