CA Court of Appeal Says Homeschooling is Legal

Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children.

Parents have the right to freely choose schools or other means necessary to educate their children in keeping with their convictions.

Parents have the right to ensure that their children are not compelled to attend classes which are not in agreement with their own moral and religious convictions. In particular, sex education is a basic right of the parents and must always be carried out under their close supervision, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them.


Charter of the Rights of the Family
, Vatican

Homeschooling Allowed in CA- Court of Appeal Reverses Previous Decision

LOS ANGELES, August 12, 2008-- The California Court of Appeal decided that parents are allowed to homeschool their children according to the CA Education Code. This overturned the February ruling of the court which banned hoomeschooling in California.

This decision means that parents will not have to get a teaching credential to homeschool their children. The Court admitted that prohibiting homeschooling in CA would be unconstitutional, as it would go against the parents' constitutional right to decide about their children's education.

The parents' right to homeschool can be "overridden in order to protect the safety of a child who has been declared dependent."

In California, an estimated 166,000 children are homeschooled.



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