Homeschoolers’ setback in appeals court ruling

A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.

Parents are having their choice taken away from them and forced to send their children to a public school system that is a mess. Right now, California schools are cutting back services and employees due to the Governor’s cut backs because of budget shortfalls. Now, the courts are saying that parents must have teaching credentials to home school their children.

What ever happened to choice?

“California courts have held that … parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children,” Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling issued on Feb. 28. “Parents have a legal duty to see to their children’s schooling under the provisions of these laws.”

Now here is where I get even more steamed.

The ruling was applauded by a director for the state’s largest teachers union.

“We’re happy,” said Lloyd Porter, who is on the California Teachers Association board of directors. “We always think students should be taught by credentialed teachers, no matter what the setting.”

Hey Lloyd, we are not happy with our children being indoctrinated to your socialist teachings and going to dangerous schools. We can and will do a better job than a teacher who is not accountable because the union has fought to protect against them being rewarded on merit instead of tenure. You get half of this state’s budget, the fifth largest economy in the world and still have found a way to waste it all away.

This is a shameful decision that needs to be fought.

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~ by thedark2 on March 7, 2008.

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