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Here is the latest update regarding the important legal case regarding home education in the state of California. It is an encouraging step towards a hopefully positive outcome for parental rights and homeschooling rights in our nation.

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Favorable Development in the California Homeschooling Case

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
Thank you for your continued prayers for the California homeschooling case, In re Rachel L. Last night, Mr. L’s attorney in the juvenile court reported to Home School Legal Defense Association that the juvenile court judge terminated jurisdiction over the two youngest L children in a hearing held on July 10, 2008. Mr. L is represented by Gary Kreep, who is the director of the California-based United States Justice Foundation, which has long been a close ally of HSLDA and homeschoolers in California.

Two years ago, the children’s court-appointed lawyers had asked that the two children be ordered to attend a school outside the home. That request became the basis for the court’s February ruling that homeschooling is illegal in California. The appellate court later vacated its own decision and set the case for rehearing. Oral argument on the rehearing was held on June 23, 2008 and a decision could be handed down at any time.

Mr. L’s appellate attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund will be making the appellate court aware of this new development immediately. They will move to dismiss the petition pending in the court of appeal on the ground that the petition is now moot. In other words, the children are no longer under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Therefore, any decision by the appellate court based on the two-year-old petition could not be enforced against the L children.

“This is a significant favorable development toward preserving homeschooling freedom in California,” said Mike Farris, Chairman and Founder of HSLDA.

Keep praying!


J. Michael Smith
HSLDA President


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If you are a regular reader here, than you know that I have been following the court case regarding home education freedom in California very closely. We are still awaiting a ruling in this case, but I thought it might be nice to post an entry showing a more personal side to this legal battle, some comments from the Homeschool Association of California.

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Rehearing in homeschooling case

On Monday, June 23, the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles held oral arguments for the rehearing in the In re Rachel L homeschooling/abuse case in California. I flew down for it along with HSC’s lawyers from Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Elizabeth Bryant, HSC’s legal co-chair, did all the driving in crazy LA traffic, and Leslie Buchanan, HSC’s president, came to listen. Karen Taylor of CHN was there, as was CHN’s counsel (who’s really an HSC legal volunteer, Jerry Salcido). CHEA’s representative couldn’t come, but their counsel was there. HSLDA came as did the man who worked with me on the brief about the history and efficacy of homeschooling that was filed on behalf of several schools, advocacy groups and businesses such as AtoZHomescool and Diane Flynn Keith. There was a reporter there from the LA Times, but very few people who looked like regular members of the public (security was VERY tight). The court did not permit any TV cameras to show up.

The arguments were long (two and a half hours in a hot courtroom) and thorough. The judges asked lots of questions, with some consistent themes. As soon as you thought you had one judge pegged as to how he or she was thinking, he or she would ask another question that made you wonder about your prior conclusion. They were reasonably generous about letting people finish their presentations or points even if they ran over a little on time.

Some of the attorneys presenting made wonderful arguments that we loved. Others were potentially damaging. Most of the folks on our side did a really good job. One woman from Munger Tolles, who represented CHEA in our joint brief, made a presentation on behalf of all three groups and did very well.

It is absolutely impossible to predict how the court will rule on this — whether it will be narrow, sweeping, or something entirely different, and we don’t want to feed any rumor mill. It’s just too hard to read those tea leaves, although I am sure some people will try.

They have 90 days to do something, which means we should expect a ruling by late September. All three of the big groups will, of course, coordinate to make sure we give consistent advice about how to homeschool come fall, and will work together after the ruling comes out should any change in advice be necessary. If the ruling goes against us, our pro bono firms have assured us that they’re in it for the long haul and will be with us every step of the way.

As before, we encourage everyone to keep on doing what they’ve been doing, to keep showing the world a positive image of homeschooling, to educate their friends and neighbors about homeschooling, and to stay informed.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write me.

Debbie Schwarzer HSC Legal Co-Chair

This is a companion post to my continuing series regarding this matter. You can read the previous entries by following the links supplied below:











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Well, it is that time of year again. It is the season for homeschool conventions. In fact, our local conference is this coming weekend for our state. If you are from Indiana or a surrounding area and would like more information than you can go here to get it: http://www.inhomeeducators.org/events/conference .

I love going to the convention every year, there is so much to learn, and it is nice to have a day or two to share with like-minded people, very refreshing. Since, I am a second-generation home educator, I have been to many of these events, both as a student, and now as the teacher of my own children. As a result, I have learned a lot, mostly through good old-fashioned trial and error. So, I would like to share a few tips with you to make your convention experience as useful and enjoyable as it can be.

  • Please don’t worry about attending EVERY single workshop/speaking session. Yes, you paid your hard-earned money for the privilege to attend your conference. But if you need to take a break to process information, rest, or make decisions, it is okay. You will get so much more out of your day, if you take a reasonable pace. Prioritize your schedule and go from there.
  • Be sure to balance what you view as “needed” workshops, with a dose of “encouragement” ones. For instance, you may have a special needs child. By all means, take advantage of sessions that address specific concern issues for your family. But make sure you throw in some sessions that speak to YOUR needs as well. If you see something that speaks to blessing your homeschool vision than sign yourself up! Your cup needs to be filled too, and trust me your children will benefit as a result.
  • Have an idea of what you want/need if you will be shopping in an exhibit hall while you are there. I don’t think you need a list of absolute specifics that you cannot deviate from, but a general list of ideas will help to keep you focused among the sea of curriculum and learning manipulatives. There are so many wonderful educational resources out there these days, and when you are surrounded by a large sampling of them in a giant room, it can be over-whelming. But having a note that says remember to check out math curriculum , or we really need more readers can help a lot. Feel free to browse at your leisure when your priorities are taken care of. Many gems can be found while you are taking it easy, perusing the tables!
  • One thing I do is make a preliminary run through the exhibit hall, a fast glance at each vendor table to see what interests me. I take quick notes, to help me remember where I want to come back to and take a closer look. This helps to narrow things down a lot, and I am less likely to lose focus. Our convention prints a map/key of the exhibits and I just jot down a few words or mark on each corresponding spot so it is easy to find again amidst the crowd. I got this idea from my husband who is so helpful and efficient. Thanks, honey!
  • Remember to take time to thank the Lord for the beautiful family he has given to you, and for the freedoms we have to homeschool our children. You will reap so much from your choice to protect your children physically, spiritually, emotionally, and educationally. What an investment in the lives God has given to us to care for!
  • Finally, I think this one is important. Enjoy yourself! Please? I know that choosing and purchasing curriculum is serious business. But it can be fun, if you try and do a little preparation work and research beforehand. After all, you are educating your children. This process should be exciting and invigorating. You are shaping their lives, and they will love you for the commitment you have made to them. I am fortunate enough to be able to have my husband come with me to our convention every year. We treat it like a date day, spending time together sharing plans for our family, and enjoying a meal or two out together. If this is not possible for you, than perhaps you can bring a friend. Or make a new friend. But by all means, enjoy your time. Let your spirit be renewed for another relationship-building year with your children!

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