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.


Claire said...

Even CNN is confused, and reporting things incorrectly:,8599,1720697,00.html

Jennifer in OR said...

I'm glad the sky is not falling, but there's still a lot of garbage flying around. Thanks for your reporting - I have some catching up to do here.

Renae said...

There are so many headlines screaming insanities, it is easy to get upset. Thank you for the reminder to go to the original source.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Thanks, Judy. I had read the decision on Thursday.
And the decision of the original court as well.

One of the problems with this case is that it is confounded by the fact that these parents had been under scrutiny for nearly 20 years for allegations of child abuse, some of which had been substantiated. What they have been accused of is fairly severe.

I think that Ferris's (NHLA?) group has once again jumped the gun for publicity purposes here, as they have in the past. Given that this case is mainly about child abuse, and only incidentally discusses homeschooling, I wonder if it is in the best interests of homeschoolers to support petition drives and possible legal action.

I know that everyone has a right to a fair hearing, but when bringing cases in order to deal with legal precedent, it is best to pick your battles.

So thanks for the voice of reason here.