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Filed at 7:59 pm under by dcobranchi

Time magazine completely screws the pooch in regards to the CA homeschoolers:

Parents of the approximately 200,000 home-schooled children in California are reeling from the possibility that they may have to shutter their classrooms — and go back to school themselves — if they want to continue teaching their own kids.


For years, the state of California has allowed parents to home school as long as they file papers to create a private school and hire a tutor with credentials…

That’s not even close to being accurate. The state does not require R4 schools to hire credentialed teachers.

9 Responses to “TIME OUT!”

Comment by
March 8th, 2008
at 10:59 pm

Ah. So now the imbeciles have a new source to quote. A credible source! It makes it all so real now.

Comment by
Stephanie O
March 9th, 2008
at 12:16 am

But in the ruling, the judge says that parents teaching their own children in their own homes don’t fall under the private school exemption. At least that’s how I read it. courti...78.PDF

In other legal readings, there is part of the CA ed code (section 44237, hsc.or...s.html) about who private schools must obtain a criminal record summary on in order to allow them contact with students. That section *specifically exempts* parents teaching only their own children in their own homes from needing a criminal record summary. Which obviously implies that there is some legal way to become a parent teaching your own child at home.

Maybe I should go to law school. My head hurts.

Comment by
JJ Ross
March 9th, 2008
at 8:48 am

Except law school wouldn’t help you much, if these appellate judges are any indication!

Comment by
March 9th, 2008
at 8:50 am

I’m suffering from ‘Homeschooling is illegal in CA” fatigue.

Comment by
Nance Confer
March 9th, 2008
at 10:47 am

That section *specifically exempts* parents teaching only their own children in their own homes from needing a criminal record summary.


Ah. Didn’t know that. That does seem to suggest the “home as private school” set up is more than just tolerated.

FWIW, we have the criminal background check here in FL for the owner of an umbrella school and I was so relieved to find out I am not a felon. 🙂

OTOH, we have the Buckner case here that many of us read to say umbrellas must be willing to enroll children from families other than just the owner’s.

Not that you have to succeed, but you have to be willing.


Comment by
March 9th, 2008
at 8:27 pm

More “The sky is NOT falling in CA” commentary:


LIterally. NHELD actually starts off with it. 🙂

Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 9th, 2008
at 8:47 pm

If you’re going to steal, steal from the best. 🙂

Comment by
March 10th, 2008
at 1:13 am

Well yeah :). I think it’s a collective unconcious reaction to this case though (no disparagement to the host) I know that it was the first phrase that came to my mind too when the first surge of the sheeple stampede started to overrun my inbox.

It’s been pointed out on at least one CT list that the CA issue is getting more response than the issues we’re dealing with in our legislature right now over withdrawal and a bill that mysteriously changed wording midstream. Our issue is apparently not a good membership opportunity.

Comment by
March 13th, 2008
at 6:17 pm

I thought I was finished with homeschooling when my two daughters were finished. My oldest will have her master’s degree this June at the age of 24 (bragging a little). I’m going to soon have a grandchild and realize that I must still be on top of what is happening in the homeschool world. I am so glad that we have the internet to keep up on the latest happenings.