January 11, 2011

Homeschooling Family Back in Court for Resentencing

The Dudek family of Hessen, Germany, faces another court date this Thursday, January 13, for the “criminal offense” of teaching their children at home. The family asks for prayer as they go before a German judge at 1 o’clock in the afternoon (7 a.m. ET).

The Dudeks have endured threats of stiff fines and prison sentences as German authorities have doggedly pursued them for nearly five years. In July 2008, a judge sentenced Mr. and Mrs. Dudek to 90 days in jail each for homeschooling. This prison sentence overturned a previous ruling from a lower court that had fined the family an outrageous sum of 900 euros (about $1,200). Their last hearing took place in November 2009, when an appeals court overturned the couple’s jail sentences. Although the judge recognized that the family was doing a fine job in educating their children, he still found them guilty under the German state of Hessen’s criminal law and imposed a fine of 120 euros (about $160).

Now the court has stated that instead of the combined sentence placed upon them in 2009, Juergen and Rosemarie Dudek must receive individual sentences for each child that has been taught at home. Mr. and Mrs. Dudek may be re-sentenced on January 13. The Dudeks appreciate the continued support from homeschoolers around the world.

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