“My feeling is very much in line with the governor in that it is a parental choice as to how they will educate their children,” said Chris Bertelli, assistant secretary of education. “To require a credential for a parent that is home-schooling is ludicrous.”
He’s quoted later to say:
“No other state in the country requires a credential,” Bertelli said. “It would be nearly impossible to enforce and would do so much more damage than good.”
Chris Bertelli is a CA Assistant Secretary of Education. This quote is good news for CA homeschoolers. Of course, it doesn’t mean we can all go on vacation now. He’s just one of the many people who work with David Long (CA Secretary of Education) and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But it does mean that we might not have to fight as hard as we might have otherwise, because not only is the is our governor and his crew openly supporting homeschooling, we are also on the same page about the value of teaching credentials for homeschooling parents.
It also quotes the director of student support services for the LA County Dept. of Education:
“As long as they are a private school registered with the state then as far as we are concerned they are a legal home school,” said Victor Thompson, director of student support service for the L.A. County Department of Education.
I’m not sure why they talked to Victor Thompson, or how they found him to interview. I couldn’t find him anywhere on the internet. Maybe they called the LA Dept. of Education and he’s who they got. I hope that his opinion reflects the entire LA public school position. Again, not because it will actually change anything, but because it will make our future efforts less difficult if we have a good number of large education departments sharing common positions with us.