March 20, 2008

Depublishing the Court of Appeal Ruling regarding In re Rachel L.

The effort to overturn the ruling in California, which says that parents must have teaching credentials before they can educate their own children, has several aspects.

One of the legal options available is to petition the California Supreme Court to “depublish” the opinion. If the Supreme Court agrees to depublish, then this case, which has caused so much concern for homeschooling families, will be resolved because it could not be cited as precedent by other courts in California.

To this end we asked homeschoolers, and other concerned citizens, to sign a petition calling on the California Supreme Court to depublish the opinion. The response has been remarkable. In just 10 days over 250,000 people have signed. HSLDA is deeply grateful for your support.

As we promised, if this case goes to the California Supreme Court, we will submit the number of California residents who signed the petition.

But the petition also served another purpose. Numerous media outlets across the country have written opinion editorials and articles supporting a parent’s right to homeschool their children. Hundreds of radio shows, as well as network TV and cable news outlets, have also weighed in with reports that have been favorable to homeschoolers.

At this time we believe the petition has served its purpose and we do not need to collect more signatures. The message you sent is clear and we thank you again for showing your support for homeschoolers. The battle is not over, and we will keep you informed as the process unfolds.

Again, thank you for your support.