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8/21/2008 5:12:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania: Court Rules Homeschoolers' Religious Freedom Not Violated

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Pennsylvania: Court Rules Homeschoolers'
Religious Freedom Not Violated

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit today ruled
that Pennsylvania's homeschooling law, which is among the most
burdensome in the country, does not violate the Free Exercise Clause
of the United States Constitution. The court declined to address
related claims brought under Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom
Protection Act, sending them back to state court for resolution. The
case involved six Pennsylvania homeschooling families whose religious
convictions regarding state control over education led them to
challenge the state law.

"We're disappointed in the ruling," said HSLDA founder and Chairman
Michael Farris, who represented the families. "We're reviewing the 84
page opinion and considering an appeal to the United States Supreme
Court," said Farris.

The case is Combs v. Homer Center School District.
Read the case summary at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5445

You may read the full opinion here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5446

Sincerely,

Jim Mason, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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