Courts Reverse Homeschool Ruling
Friday, August 8, 2008
A California appeals court ruled today moms and dads who homeschool their kids do not need special teaching credentials to order to teach them. The court ruling reverses a previous court decision which says parents do need credentials.
San Diego County Assemblyman Joel Anderson calls the reversal a victory. He says the state should not interfere with parents' right to teach their child as they feel fit.
Anderson: Long before public schools came along, parents were raising children. So should we then ask for a standard that says parents should be checked out and certified to teach their children how to brush their teeth or ride their bike? Of course not.
The governor, attorney general and state school officials submitted legal arguments supporting the current homeschooling system. Supporters say more than 16,000 students are homeschooled in California.
Critics argue the system needs more oversight.