Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Parents, who should decide for your child?

California's Court of Appeal recently ruled that a homeschooling parent must be a certified teacher in order to continue homeschooling in that state.  

According to a Home School Legal Defense Association,

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell comes to the defense of homeschool families. “The California Department of Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this ruling. Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state,” he said.

After the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los Angeles ruled on February 28 that parents had to be credentialed teachers to educate their own children the statement from O’Connell is encouraging news for the homeschool community.

“O’Connell has it right,” said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA. “But the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom can be restored in California.”

The Court of Appeal ruling shocked the homeschool community because in one sweeping decision it effectively outlawed homeschooling.

"We hope the statement from O'Connell puts the brakes on any enforcement action," said Farris.

The irony of this teacher certification requirement is that according to test data, homeschooled children of non-certified parents do slightly better on testing than those who come from certified teaching homes.

The Home School Legal Defense Association is of course fighting this decision because if one state makes this change, that law can then set a precident in other states. Homeschool pioneers have worked too long and hard to make homeschooling legal in every state to lose ground now.

If you agree that it is the parent's right to decide how their child will be educated, the HSLDA is requesting you sign an online petition 

In Wisconsin, limiting the enrollment in Wisconsin's Virtual Academy program is in essence limiting Wisconsin parents' choices in their child's education. Yesterday, the

On the HSLDA web page, there was also a link to a group called If this is an issue that concerns you, you may want to sign their petition as well. 

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