CA Homeschool Joint Press Release and More

616726_handshake.jpgAll of the CA homeschool groups issued a press release today. Also, and perhaps more importantly, representatives from each group are in the state capitol today, meeting with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Undersecretary of Education, and several members of the CA state assembly.

We’re all looking forward to hearing about their adventures.

Here is the official press release, reprinted in its entirety with permission. Permission has also been granted to pass it along wherever you think it might be helpful.

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Contact: Loren Mavromati

California Homeschool Organizations Unite

The major homeschooling organizations in California, along with the Virginia based HSLDA, announce today that they are working together in a united effort to preserve independent homeschooling in California as it has been practiced for decades. Representatives from the California based organizations are meeting in Sacramento today to discuss homeschooling and distribute their joint statement.

Joint Statement Regarding Homeschooling In California

The following organizations, California Homeschool Network, Christian Home Educators Association of California, Private and Home Educators of California and HomeSchool Association of California, represent the major California-based organizations working on a statewide basis to support private homeschooling. They, together with the Home School Legal Defense Association, which also works in California to support private homeschooling and which has members in California, jointly issue the following statement:

1. We are united in the goal of protecting the right of parents to teach their children privately at home without additional governmental interference.

2. We believe that children deserve to learn in the environment that best meets their individual needs. We support the right of parents to direct their children’s education including, if they desire, teaching their children privately at home apart from any public school program and without a teaching credential.

3. We believe that the opinion rendered by the Second District Court of Appeals in the case titled “In re Rachel L.” on February 28, 2008 is excessively broad in its scope and incorrectly states the law as applied to home education in California.

4. We believe that the interpretation of California law, as understood by our organizations and by the California Department of Education prior to the issuance of this decision, is correct, that the interests of both the State of California in ensuring that children are educated adequately and of parents in directing their children’s education are well met by this prior interpretation of law, and that no change in California law regarding the teaching of children privately at home is needed.

For further information, please contact these organizations as follows:

California Homeschool Network
P.O. Box 55485
Hayward, CA 94545
Loren Mavromati, President

Christian Home Educators Association of California
P.O. Box 2009
Norwalk, CA 90651-2009
Mary Schofield, Esq., Vice President

Private and Home Educators of California
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Roy Hanson, Director
Jim Davis, Legislative Liaison and Dir

HomeSchool Association of California
P.O. Box 77873
Corona, CA 92877
Debbie Schwarzer, Esq., Legislative Chair

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134-9000
J. Michael Smith, Esq.


2 Responses to “CA Homeschool Joint Press Release and More”

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