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O'Connell Supports Right to Homeschool

Contact: Ian Slatter, Home School Legal Defense Association, 540-338-8663


PURCELLVILLE, Virginia, March 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell comes to the defense of homeschool families.  "The California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling.  Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state," he said.


After the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles ruled on February 28 that parents had to be credentialed teachers to educate their own children the statement from O'Connell is encouraging news for the homeschool community.


"O'Connell has it right," said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA.  "But the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom can be restored in California."


The Court of Appeal ruling shocked the homeschool community because in one sweeping decision it effectively outlawed homeschooling.


"We hope the statement from O'Connell puts the brakes on any enforcement action," said Farris.


HSLDA will be pursuing several legal options, including seeking review by the California Supreme Court and petitioning the same court to depublish the opinion in order to return California to being a state where a family can legally homeschool in California without fear.

"We have just started the legal battle to restore homeschool freedom in California," said Farris.


Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 25 year old, 82,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.