Saturday, March 8, 2008

NHELD Issues Bulletin On California Appellate Court Ruling

Did you know? that the sky is not falling in California? Homeschooling is still “legal” there, believe it or not.

In recent days, there have been a rash of articles in the news proclaiming that a California court declared that parents no longer have a right to homeschool in that state. We caution everyone to go behind the headlines and to read for themselves the entire decision of the court in question. News outlets need to obtain readers and, quite often, provide only part of the story, or, provide their interpretation of the facts. Before believing everything that you read, try to go to the original source of the story, and read the original documents involved. Then, you can ascertain for yourself what the truth is.

In this case, a California court did offer an opinion about the rights of a family to homeschool. In the process of detailing the court’s reasoning for its decision, the court made certain statements. The case is entitled: In Re: Rachel L. et al., Persons Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law, JONATHAN L. and MARY GRACE L., Petitioners, Versus SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, Respondent. It can be found in its entirety at the state of California’s government link to the judicial branch.

Read the rest of it all here on their website.