March 19, 2008

Congressman ‘Disappointed’ by California Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Last month, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles issued a ruling declaring that parents without teaching credentials who homeschool their children are violating California law. U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Senior Republican Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement regarding the court decision following recent statements from California’s governor and superintendent of public instruction:

“The decision by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal is a tremendous disappointment to those who believe in educational freedom and parental rights. That the Court would undertake this type of assault on the longstanding framework of the right to homeschool is an outrage. I commend Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State Superintendent for Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, for taking a strong stand in support of families, and I join them in their commitment to ensure parents retain the right to educate their children as they believe is best. This flawed decision will not be the final word on homeschooling in California. It has already been rejected in the court of public opinion, and I look forward to its rejection by our courts and in our laws as well.”

 Other Resources

HSLDA Update—Defending Homeschool Freedom in California