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California Parents Eager for Ruling on Home Schooling

Parents of an estimated 166,000 children in California are awaiting a state appellate court ruling on whether they have a constitutional right to home-school their children without a teaching credential. The question sprouted unexpectedly on Feb. 28, when a panel of three judges ruled that parents or tutors of children who are home-schooled  must be certified by the state, basing their ruling on a rarely enforced state education law.

"All eyes are on California right now, because [home-school communities] don't want something like this to get bigger than it already has," said Luis Huerta, assistant professor of education at Columbia University's Teachers College. "This might set the trend where other states begin to examine the statutes that allow home  schooling in their states."
The article, California Parents Eager for Ruling on Home Schooling, by Ashley Surdin, appeared in the April 20th, 2008 edition of the Washington Post.
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