Category Archives: Education

California Ban on Homeschooling

My friend Lisa Huddleston recently sent me this email update of the court case in California concerning the ban on homeschooling in that state (point of clarification: the state would require all parents to have a teaching license in order to be “qualified” to teach their children in the home). Lisa has homeschooled each of her three children so she has an experienced perspective on this issue. You can read some of her own thoughts on homeschooling in the comments section of my previous post on this court case.

Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Re-hearing

On March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for
rehearing in the ‘In re Rachel L.’ case–the controversial decision
which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the
parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public

The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion
is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties
in the case.

The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school
establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the
California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department
of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three
California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to
Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also
indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups.

Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file
such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of
organizations interesting in filing briefs to support the right of
parents to homeschool their children in California.

“This is a great first step,” said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA.
“We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion
has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate
outcome will be. This case remains our top priority,” he added.


The Monday Muse: Educational Rights

It has been far too long since my last post. We traveled up to Michigan last Thursday night after work. Since it was in the midst of the busy time of the month at work, I had to work long hours so we could take off on Thursday. I’m still trying to get caught up on everything. So for the second straight week, I bring you The Monday Muse on Tuesday. How about this:

Should parents have the right to choose how they want to educate their children (homeschool, private, public)?

Before you answer, I would encourage you to check out some of the articles that Denny Burk has posted addressing the California appeals court controversy.

The Monday Muse: School Prayer

Justin Taylor has posted a section from Os Guiness’s new book, The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It, that discusses the issue of prayer in public schools. So our question for the week:

Should prayer be allowed in public schools? If so, on what grounds or conditions?