From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/11/2008 10:22:02 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California--Pro-Homeschool Anderson Resolution

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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From: Roy Hanson's Private and Home Educators of California and HSLDA

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Bill: Assembly Concurrent Resolution ACR 115 - Denounces
Anti-homeschool Appellate Court Decision
Author: State Assembly Member Joel Anderson

Position: Strongly SUPPORT

Status: Introduced Monday, March 10, 2008 - May be assigned to a
policy committee first, or be sent directly to the Assembly Floor for
a vote by a date yet to be assigned.

Summary of Resolution:
ACR 115 supports the right of parents to direct the education and
upbringing of their children. It expresses the Legislature's position
that the Appellate Court's interpretation of the laws, under which
parents teach their children at home, was misguided. And, it would
call on the California Supreme Court to reverse the Appellate Court's
opinion. ACR 115 will NOT change any existing laws and it will NOT
create any new law.

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Information Included In This E-mail:
A. Action Items
B. Background
C. The Resolution

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A. Action Items:
We need to send a strong message!
Call your State Assemblymember and State Senator as soon as possible.
(You can find your Assembly Member's Capitol phone and fax numbers,
and address by entering your 9-digit ZIP code in HSLDA's Legislative
Tool Box at, or by calling the office in
your county that handles voter registration. The Governor's office is
(916) 445-2841 or fax him at 916-558-3160.)

Ask them to -
"Please support Assembly Member Anderson's ACR 115 by signing on as a
co-author. This Resolution calls for a reversal of a California
Appellate Court's misguided interpretation of the laws under which we
educate our children at home."

* Because e-mails are usually ignored, letters and calls are
significantly more effective.
* Reprint or forward this to your friends, church, school, and group.
* Pray for a proper outcome.

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B. Background:

On February 28th, the Second Appellate District Court in Los Angeles
issued a ruling concerning a homeschooling family from Southern
California that effectively and outrageously claimed that home
schooling in California is illegal unless the parent is a credentialed

At this time, any legislation would be premature and
counterproductive. In order to head off legislation, Assembly Member
Joel Anderson has introduced an Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR
115), which would express support for private home education and the
desire of the Legislature that the Supreme Court reverse the Appellate
Court decision.

This past weekend Assembly Member Anderson's staff contacted us to
explain what he was going to do, and to seek our input. We then
worked closely with Michael Smith of HSLDA and Assembly Member
Anderson's staff to ensure that the wording of this Resolution would
be the best possible wording under the circumstances in which the
homeschoolers in California find ourselves. It is important to know
that ACR 115 will NOT change any laws in California.

Nothing has changed in California regarding your homeschool.
HYPERLINK "" HSLDA maintains that the advice they
have given home school families for some twenty-five years is still
accurate and that filing a private school affidavit, or enrolling in a
private school independent study program (I.S.P) are valid options
under the law in California.

As we have said previously, homeschoolers should not panic but
continue to home school as in the past. The leaders of the statewide
homeschool groups and HSLDA continue to coordinate with each other on
a regular basis. Continue praying for a positive outcome. The
attorneys at HSLDA are continuing to work very hard to prepare for
additional legal action in the courts to reverse this decision.

C. The Resolution:

Assembly Concurrent Resolution ACR 115
WHEREAS, Some thirty years of experience with the modern homeschooling
movement in California demonstrates that home school graduates take up
responsible positions as parents, as students in and graduates of
Colleges and Universities, in the workplace, and as citizens in
society at large; and

WHEREAS, Homeschooling by California families with diverse backgrounds
has historically given children a quality education through proven,
independent approaches that nurture valuable family bonds and support
successful student development; and

WHEREAS, Private homeschooling has a long and rich history in the
State of California, currently estimated as involving 200,000 students
in the State of California, and 2,000,000 students nationwide; and

WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a
fundamental constitutional right to direct the education and
upbringing of their children (Wisconsin v. Yoder, Pierce v. Society of
Sisters, Meyer v. Nebraska); and

WHEREAS, On February 28, 2008, the Court of Appeals for the Second
Appellate District in Los Angeles issued an opinion in the case of In
Re: Rachel L. holding that homeschooling without a teaching credential
is not legal; and

WHEREAS, This misguided interpretation denies California parents'
primary responsibility and right to determine the best place and
manner of their own children's education; and

WHEREAS, The fair opportunity of California families to educate their
children should not be undermined; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, that the Legislature hereby calls upon the
California Supreme Court to reverse the opinion.

RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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Roy Hanson's HELP Tree
Child and Family Protection Association
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Fax: (916) 415-9470

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The purpose of this communication is to present information and
express our position on the issue(s) addressed. We encourage you to
research this for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
Regardless of your position, we strongly urge you to exercise your
constitutional right to express your position to your elected
representatives. We have included an example of how we have expressed
our position.
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-> You can only do so much...

No one can be everywhere at once. And you can't be at home,
teaching your children, while monitoring your state's legislature.
Through electronic legislative services, HSLDA is monitoring state
legislation for you -- watching and listening carefully for any
proposed laws that could erode your right to homeschool.
Join HSLDA today-we'll watch out for your future.

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