California school district told homeschoolers they were breaking the law

Correspondence contrary to 2008 appeals court ruling
(photo from WND article)

(photo from WND article)

The following comes from a July 28 WND article by Bob Unruh:

Parents who homeschool their children in California’s San Benito Unified School District were recently informed that they were breaking the law.

According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, the world’s largest homeschool advocacy organization, a letter from the district claimed, “Under California law, a home school is not a private school, nor is it a lawful alternative to public school.”

However, it was eight years ago when a senior level court in the state concluded that state law permits homeschooling “as a species of private education.”

That ruling came in a case in which the court first ruled the other way and essentially ordered homeschoolers into a government-approved program. But when WND broke the story, a coalition of homeschool interests joined to ask for the judges to reconsider, which they did.

Of the latest ploy from the San Benito district, the Home School Legal Defense Association said, “We cannot understand or explain how a school district today, so many years after the Jonathan L. case, could still be sending official correspondence that is so clearly wrong.

“When we learned of San Benito’s letter, we quickly responded on behalf of our member families, explaining that homeschooling is indeed a legal exemption to public school attendance pursuant to the private-school exemption.”

The organization cited the 2008 case that set the legal precedent.

The state’s 2nd Appellate District in Los Angeles found that homeschooling is allowed by state law.

HSLDA said the original ruling came out before it had been notified of the dispute.

“Because HSLDA was not involved in the underlying case, the appellate court was not properly briefed about the many ways the legislature had made provision for parents to teach their own children under the private-school option,” the group said.

HSLDA jumped into action when the opinion was released, and eventually, “The same three judges who had said back in February (before we were involved) that homeschooling was illegal now reversed course and held that ‘California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education.’”

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  1. The Watchman says:

    If parents want to ensure that their children are not indoctrinated by disgraceful curriculums they have every right to homeschool their children. Parents have always been the best educators that children will have in their lifetimes. I urge every parent who is reading California Catholic Daily News and who disagrees with the new curriculums to homeschool their children themselves. Pray for America’s children and the children of the entire planet.

  2. Tom Byrne says:

    Same old, same old. No monopoly likes a challenge.
    If you’re no sure of the fanaticism of the modern public school leadership, listen to the AFT speaker at the Democratic Convention today. Sheesh, that lot want to teach our kids?

  3. FromThePew says:

    This right will be taken away, eventually as it is on the globalist hit list. If not by this POTUS thru common core, or if the election turns to HC, or others of their ilk in the future. They will make it sound like government is doing humanity a favor. But it is about all children being brain washed by government indoctrination. The family structure is the only thing standing in the way of them controlling your children. The government wrecking ball has hit religious freedoms hard. It’s working on destroying the moral fabric of society by re-defining marriage & abortion on demand. It ignores illegal immigration laws at the peril of a safe society. It has chipped away much in a short span of time. Be afraid. Sadly, many people…

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think so. From what I have heard the White House telephones ring off the wall when any state attempts this. The European Union is now breaking up because the people have just about had enough of the “elites running their lives.

      • FromThePew says:

        A, Encouraging news & I hope & pray you are correct. But what about the future? The ‘wreckers’ are relentless. All it takes for them to succeed is to KEEP TRYING & NEVER give up. While in the meantime, America’s people grow lax or get weary due to attacks on, well, everything else. My premise, unless we take the country back this November, is the wreckers just place it on the back burner until eventually they win. Control of kids (those not aborted) from pre-school thru college is KEY. Watch & see what they do IF (God forbid) BO gets a 3rd term via HC. She is setting the stage now, as many speeches @ the DNC reflected on ‘how much she loves children’.

  4. FromThePew says:

    continued………….Sadly, many people want government to control their lives because they want ‘free’ stuff. Un-employment is at an all time high, usage of food stamps too. Subsidized health care, benefits to illegal immigrants @ the cost of benefits to American especially veterans, the Bernie Sanders dream of free college, the list goes on. Is this the election that gives away the American dream thru debt & freebies? (We all know, ‘free stuff’ is not ‘free’.) If this is that election, pray for the children. They will lose so very much in their lifetimes. Pray.

  5. The public schools in the San Benito Unified School District are horrible. The one Catholic school is better academiclly, but doesn’t teach the Catholic faith. Home schooling I’d the only way to protect your children and the only wayou to raise them in the faith.

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