Update: Richie D at exvigilare has more
Out in California, an activist judge has all but put the kibosh on educational freedom – apparently generating law from whole cloth that says parents who school at home have to be credentialed by the state. At least a higher court will have something to say about it:
A “breathtaking” ruling from a California appeals court that could subject the parents of 166,000 students in the state to criminal sanctions will be taken to the state Supreme Court.
The announcement comes today from the Pacific Justice Institute, whose president, Brad Dacus, described the impact of the decision as “stunning.”
“The scope of this decision by the appellate court is breathtaking,” he said. “It not only attacks traditional homeschooling, but also calls into question homeschooling through charter schools and teaching children at home via independent study through public and private school.”
“If not reversed, the parents of the more than 166,000 students currently receiving an education at home will be subject to criminal sanctions,” he said.
The long fight for parental rights to direct their children’s education – to choose what they believe is best, rather than allowing the law to treat children as wards of the state – may have suffered a setback in this case. But how much can one unelected person in black robes really do? Clearly an overreach that justice demands be corrected as soon as possible.