California Court Agrees to Reconsider Ruling That Made Most Homeschooling Illegal

LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2008 ( - The California Court of Appeal agreed Tuesday to a request by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund to reconsider a Feb. 28 decision making most homeschooling a crime in the state.

"Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. "Because this ruling impacts all Californians, we believe the case deserves a second look. We look forward to presenting this case for rehearing."

Ruling against a child enrolled at Sunland Christian School, a private homeschooling program, the California Court of Appeal found, in the case In re: Rachel L., that parents who educate their children at home could be criminally liable under California law.

"Another look at this case will help ensure that the fundamental rights of parents are fully protected," said ADF-allied attorney Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation.

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