Here is a press release sent out to the e-lists today about the California homeschooling court case.
A joint brief filed by California’s three statewide homeschool organizations has been accepted for consideration by the California Court of Appeal in the case known as In re Rachel L. The court’s original decision specified, among other things, that parents need a teaching credential to homeschool. The decision was criticized by homeschoolers, teachers and government officials. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell both issued press releases in support of homeschooling, and Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced a resolution supporting homeschooling to the California Assembly in response to the case. The court granted rehearing and vacated its original decision in March 2008.
California’s three statewide homeschool membership organizations—California Homeschool Network, Christian Home Educators Association of California and Homeschool Association of California—have been working together for several months in a united effort to preserve independent homeschooling in California. These three organizations represent homeschoolers across the state. Their amicus brief was a cooperative undertaking of the law firms Baker & McKenzie LLP, representing CHN, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP,representing CHEA, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing HSC.
There are several other homeschooling related organizations submitting briefs as well, including a group of independent private school study programs and support groups.
There’s nothing much we can do now except wait for the lawyers to duke it out in the courtroom, and the court decides on a new ruling. When that happens, we’ll have a better idea of what the future holds for us.
Read more about the history of this case here.