Amicus Brief Accepted by 2nd Appeals Court
The three state groups submitted an amicus brief to the court, and it has
been accepted! This is great news for all California homeschoolers. The
following press release is being jointly sent today by all three state
A joint brief filed by California's three statewide homeschool organizations
has been accepted for consideration by the California Court of Appeal in the
case known as In re Rachel L.
The court's original decision specified, among other things, that parents
need a teaching credential to homeschool. The decision was criticized by
homeschoolers, teachers and government officials. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell both issued press
releases in support of homeschooling. Assemblyman Joel Anderson introduced
a resolution supporting homeschooling to the California Assembly in response
to the case.
The court granted rehearing and vacated its original decision in March 2008.
California's three statewide homeschool membership organizations --
California Homeschool Network (CHN), Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA) and
Homeschool Association of California (HSC) -- have been working
together for several months in a united effort to preserve independent homeschooling
in California. These three organizations represent homeschoolers across the state.
Their amicus brief was a cooperative undertaking of the law firms Baker and McKenzie
LLP, representing CHN, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP,representing CHEA, and Wilson
Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing HSC.
Permission to forward is granted.
California Homeschool Network
"Strengthening the Voice of California Homeschoolers"