CA Homeschool Decision Reversed!

In other words, the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, after re-hearing the case, has ruled that “California statutes permit homeschooling as a species of private school education” – no teaching credential required. This is a victory, folks. We owe many non-Californians a debt of gratitude for their prayers and support.

As a friend of mine just put it in an e-mail:

“Thanks to the California courts, we now know that I have the right to a) homeschool my children; and b) divorce my wife and marry a guy.”

Needless to say, anyone looking for consistency in California politics is going to be busy for a while.


The Decision (PDF)


San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles Times


HSLDA Update:

A Great Victory for California Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

In a unanimous decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District today ruled that “California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education.”

Today’s decision stands in stark contrast to the opinion this same three-judge panel issued in February, which would have made California the only state in the union to outlaw home education had it remained in effect.

“It is unusual for an appellate court to grant a petition for rehearing as this court did in March,” said HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris, “but it is truly remarkable for a court to completely reverse its own earlier opinion. We thank you for your prayers and give God the glory for this great victory.”

When the court vacated its earlier decision on March 25, 2008, it invited interested organizations to file friend-of-the-court briefs. “I have never seen such an impressive array of people and organizations coming to the defense of homeschooling,” said Farris, who was one of the attorneys who argued the case on rehearing along with Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jeff Shafer, who represented the father. The father was also represented by Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation.

California’s three largest homeschool organizations, California Homeschool Network, Homeschool Association of California and Christian Home Education Association joined together in one brief to defend the right of all parents to homeschool. HSLDA, Family Protection Ministries and Focus on the Family also joined in a separate brief. Numerous other private organizations came to the defense of home education as did California’s governor, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction.

We are extremely grateful to all of the organizations who worked tirelessly to protect and preserve homeschooling freedom in California. We are also thankful for you, our members, for your prayers and support during this trying season.

The freedom to homeschool is a precious gift from God. But keeping it free requires vigilance and perseverance. We must continue to work together diligently to preserve this precious freedom in California and elsewhere.


J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President

6 thoughts on “CA Homeschool Decision Reversed!

  1. That is great news for everybody since it seems often that as CA goes, so goes the nation (eventually).

    I find the two court decisions mentioned (gay marriage & home schooling) consistent from a libertarian point-of-view.


  2. Hey, Jeff, thanks for quoting me! To this who don’t “get” my sense of humor, please know that I have no plans to leave Nina for either Adam -or- Steve.


  3. Brendan – I tried, for your sake, to keep you anonymous, but nooooooo, the lure of fame was too apparently too much to resist. Now the whole world must be wondering how in the blazes such a thought could have even crossed your mind … Sigh.


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