Thursday, March 27, 2008

California Homeschool Update- Re-hearing of Case Granted

We have all been wondering and praying about the status of homeschooling in California since the February 28, 2008 legal decision via the California Court of Appeals that declared almost all forms of homeschooling in California in violation of state law.

That poor ruling, which overstepped the bounds of a judges authority to interpret rather than create law, will now be re-heard.

The immediate impact? The case is no longer binding on anyone- including the Longs.

The long term impact? Still unknown.

From the HSLDA website:

“On March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for rehearing in the In re Rachel L. case—the controversial decision which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public schools.

The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties in the case.

The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also indicates that it will consider amicus applications from other groups.

Home School Legal Defense Association will seek permission to file such an amicus brief and will coordinate efforts with a number of organizations interesting in filing briefs to support the right of parents to homeschool their children in California.

“This is a great first step,” said Michael Farris, chairman of HSLDA. “We are very glad that this case will be reheard and that this opinion has been vacated, but there is no guarantee as to what the ultimate outcome will be. This case remains our top priority,” he added.”

Please continue to be in prayer for California homeschoolers as well as homeschoolers nationwide.

Because this is more than just a “homeschool” issue, you might also want to check out these sites; & for more information on protecting parental rights.


  1. Hey great post and I LOVE the picture!!!!

  2. This blog is great, I just think it needs more Rafferty kid pictures. :-)

  3. Thanks Kristi and Liz!

    We hope to soon be posting "Yea, God did it!" pictures and not "Hey, we're movin'!" pictures. : )


  4. I think Liz ought to start a blog! She couldn't call it Rifraf or Raffi but what could it be called? C'mon Liz - we know you want to join us!!

  5. How about "Raffity Raff- now don't talk back"

    Do it Liz! : )