In 1992, I argued the DeJonge case before the Michigan Supreme Court, contending that Michigan’s law, which banned homeschooling unless the parents were certified teachers, was unconstitutional. Only one group—the ACLU—filed a brief supporting our position.
In 2008, when I, among others, argued that the California appeal court Rachel L. decision declaring homeschooling illegal was unconstitutional, the following groups filed amicus briefs supporting our position:
- American Center for Law and Justice, The Western Center for Law and Policy, The American Civil Rights Union, Jewish Homeschoolers of Napa and Sonoma Counties, and Christian Leaders (filed jointly)
- Arbor Academy, A to Z Home’s Cool, Beach High School, Excellence in Education, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Grace Christian Academy, Homefires Journal, and Northern California African American Homeschooler’s Association (filed jointly)
- California Governor’s Office (Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown)
- California Homeschool Network, Christian Home Educators Association of California, and HomeSchool Association of California (filed jointly)
- Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
- Focus on the Family and Private & Home Educators of California (filed jointly with HSLDA)
- Liberty Counsel on behalf of 19 Members of Congress
- National Legal Foundation
- Pacific Legal Foundation
- Seventh-Day Adventist Church State Council
- Sunland Christian School (filed by Pacific Justice Institute)
- Sutherland Institute
(For a description of the amici and a summary of their briefs, read the July/August 2008 Court Report cover story.)
We are greatly appreciative of the hard work—the excellent work—of all these groups and the law firms who volunteered their time on behalf of the homeschooling community.
This outpouring of support for homeschooling freedom is a tribute to the cultural acceptance of homeschooling. Homeschooling parents have done a good job of teaching their children. Their faithfulness and hard work have paid a rich dividend, and today the people of America believe that homeschooling really is a good idea.
—Michael P. Farris, HSLDA Chairman of the Board