The Home School Court Report
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September / October 2003

Homeschooling around the world

A global view

What can you do?
Competition grows in HSLDA's 2nd essay contest

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by Claire Novak

When words are not enough by Grace Lichlyter

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Standing together: 20 years later

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CDE softens position

Jack O'Connell, California's new superintendent of public instruction, seems to be implementing a more neutral policy towards homeschooling in the California Department of Education (CDE) than his predecessor, Delaine Eastin. After CDE recently updated its website for the 2003-2004 school year, Home School Legal Defense Association discovered that previous statements declaring homeschooling illegal had been removed from the site. HSLDA is pleased to see these positive changes. Many California homeschoolers remember that, while serving as a state assemblyman in 1985, O'Connell expressed support for parents who choose private education for their children, "whether they are organized private schools or home schools."

HSLDA's legal department continues to experience some difficulties with local school districts regarding things such as work permits, concurrent enrollment at community colleges, and DMV issues regarding driver's education/training. We are hopeful, however, that under O'Connell's new administration of CDE, many of these problems will be resolved. The department's actions are certainly encouraging and should ease some of the conflict homeschoolers have experienced with certain school districts. While some of these district personnel will retain their hostile position toward homeschooling, we simply have to wait and see what impact CDE's actions will have on school district positions regarding the legality of home education in California.

In the meantime, CDE has also updated its website information on filing the private school affidavit. Please see the California page on HSLDA's website,, for detailed instructions on how to access the CDE website, how to complete the private school affidavit on-line, and where to mail the printed and signed copy. Families who do not have internet access may write to the CDE at the address below and request a paper copy of the private school affidavit. The filing deadline for the affidavit is October 1-15.

California Department of Education
Policy & Program Coordination Office
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Private School Affidavit

J. Michael Smith