The California Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the California Education Code allows parents to homeschool their children, reversing its original decision on the matter. The ruling means that parents do not have to obtain state credentials to teach their kids at home.
Mike Farris, chairman of Home School Legal Defense Association, says in its original decision the court was operating without any information about the current state of the law or practice of homeschooling.
"When homeschool advocacy that HSLDA does was joined with other family policy advocacy like Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Counsel, Pacific Justice Institute, and a lot of other groups – Focus on the Family helped out, a whole team of people came to the defense of homeschooling. And with that new information the court was compelled by what was put forward that law really has changed in the last 50 years, and that homeschooling should be recognized as being authorized by the statutes of California."
Farris says the California case is a reminder to homeschooling families and their allies to "remain vigilant" because as he puts it, "things can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention."