The fight for religious freedom in America isn’t a new one. Tune in to today’s Home School Heartbeat, as Michael Farris and Mike Smith highlight a recent case in Pennsylvania involving a restrictive home education law and explain why this is an important issue for homeschool parents nationwide.
Mike Farris and I are joining you this week to talk about a Home School Legal Defense Association case in Pennsylvania involving six homeschooling families. What’s going on there, Mike?
Well, Mike, we had an argument last month in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where six families asked for an exemption from the requirements of Pennsylvania law that require homeschoolers to turn over a massive amount of work to the local superintendent so that he can make a discretionary judgment. Although the work is more than what should be reasonably required, the real crux of the constitution claim is the discretion of the local official. And it’s our claim that getting local officials the discretionary approval authority of First Amendment activity is on its face, unconstitutional.
Well thank you, Mike. And listeners, please join us again next time as we talk more about this case. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.