Statement by Jack O’Connell on CA Homeschooling

According to this blog, the California Department of Education has completed its review of the February 28 appellate court ruling which declared homeschooling illegal unless the child is taught in the home by a credentialed teacher. Here’s the statement issued today by Superintendent Jack O’Connell:

March 11,



SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced today that the California Department of Education has completed a legal review of the February 28 California Court of Appeal ruling regarding home schooling. O’Connell issued the following statement:

“I have reviewed this case, and I want to assure parents that chose to home school that California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling. Parents still have the right to home school in our state.

“Every child in our state has a legal right to get an education, and I want every child to get an education that will prepare them for success in college and the world of work in the challenging global economy.

“As the head of California’s public school system, I hope that every parent would want to send their children to public school. However, traditional public schools may not be the best fit for every student. Within the public school system there are a range of options available. Students can take independent study classes, attend a charter school, or participate in non-classroom-based programs. But some parents choose to send their children to private schools or to home school, and I respect that right.

“I admire the dedication of parents who commit to oversee their children’s education through home schooling. But, no matter what educational program a student participates in, it is critical that the program prepares them for future success in the global economy. I urge any parent who is considering or involved in home schooling their children to take advantage of resources and support available through their county or district offices of education.”


4 thoughts on “Statement by Jack O’Connell on CA Homeschooling

  1. Thank you, Mr. O’Connell, but in the interest of full disclosure I have to tell you: our home education program is emphatically NOT preparing our children for “success in the global economy”. They will be well schooled in the three Rs, in music, in religion, in the history of western civilization, and many other things. But the whole point of our educating them at home is to free them from slavery to the “global economy” by teaching them to know and love God, and to be happy in His service.


  2. Ha! I love your comment. We educate for liberty, not service to the “global economy.” I happen to think that likely helps the global economy in the end, but there are things more important than purely materialistic concerns.


  3. Why thank you. My husband was reading the original article to me this morning and I laughed out loud when he got to the kids actually doing their homework in the library. Our library is a zoo when school lets out! It must not be the only one.


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