Across the States
KSFY TV’s Teacher Certificate Error
In a story titled “A Family’s Decision to Home School,” which was broadcast and posted online on October 20, 2009,
KSFY TV reported, “There are many states that require you to have some kind of teaching certificate to homeschool your kids
but South Dakota is not one of them.”
While the story is correct in saying that South Dakota does
not require a teaching certificate, it is in error saying that “many” states do. Actually none do.
Many years ago, a handful of states had unnecessary teacher certification requirements, but homeschoolers fought these requirements until they were all eventually removed. The last state to insist on teacher certification for homeschoolers was Michigan. In its 1993 ruling in the DeJonge case, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Home School Legal Defense Association that the teacher certification requirement was unconstitutional and struck it down.
HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff faxed a letter to KSFY pointing out the error in the article, but, as this issue of the Court Report goes to press, has received no response.
— by Scott A. Woodruff