Skip to comments.Parents of 166,000 students could face criminal charges
Posted on 03/06/2008 3:27:24 AM PST by Man50D
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.
WND broke the story of the ruling that came in a case involving the family of Phillip and Mary Long of Los Angeles.
The decision from the 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles granted a special petition brought by lawyers appointed to represent the two youngest children after the family's homeschooling was brought to the attention of child advocates. The lawyers appointed by the state were unhappy with a lower court's ruling that allowed the family to continue homeschooling, and specifically challenged that on appeal.
Justice H. Walt Croskey, whose opinion was joined by two other judges, then ordered: "Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program."
The determination reversed a decision from Superior Court Judge Stephen Marpet, who ruled "parents have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home."
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WHY did no one notice?
I’m thinking I’d like to know more about the actual facts of the case and what the court actually ruled *on those facts.*
Regardless of the form of school, children can still become truant. IOW, a child who is homeschooled still has to be schooled in some way, regardless that the schedule can be quite flexible and there is no requirement for a particular number of hours spent on schooling, etc.
For example, I know several homeschool children on the “university model”-—they have three days of classes a week and then do independent study (the equivalent of homework) whenever they like by the end of the week. If they happen to be at a mall, for example, during “public school hours,” they are with a parent, not hanging out there alone.
If this were a case where it was clear that the children were not “attending” any kind of school, including a homeschool, and perhaps were consistently found in public places without adult supervision during “public school hours,” and someone reported them truant or neglected, it would be unlikely that any ruling, even if upheld on appeal, would extend beyond those kind of facts.
People have predicted CWII for at least fifty years.
There were a heck of a lot more people ready and able to shoot when Eisenhower sent troops WITH FIXED BAYONETS into Alabama than there are now.
It should happen, but until it does happen I will not make any bets.
don’t ping me, I already see it.
“Communist re-education camps”
A CA state legislator has introduced a bill protecting teachers who wish to “inculcate” their students in the virtues of communism and the overthrow of the US government to implement it. I am NOT pulling your leg.
Wasn’t too long ago that they passed a law about not using “father” & “mother”, “husband” & “wife” because it would be exclusionary to gay “families”.
It must be the latter. California is drunk with greed.
The school system would. 10 years ago each of those children represented $7,000 to the school system. I wonder what they are worth today, especially in a California school system.
Every time this has been tried by a state before, they have lost. HSLDA is right.
Anyone who cares about their kids and hasn’t left the facist Republic of California already, really needs their heads examined.
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Unfortunately, I think you’re correct.
The school system would. 10 years ago each of those children represented $7,000 to the school system.
In Maryland, the government school workers ask the government institutionalized children if there are any children in their neighborhood who are not attending the government indoctrination camp. The captive government children then give the names of the families who are using private or home schools.
Simple! Government institutionalized children are the government’s “informers”!
I believe the reason the right wing talk show hosts are silent about the California school issues ( Rush and Sean in particular) is that they shilled and pushed for Schwarzenegger to be elected.
It’s not that they can’t find the illegals, it’s that they DON’T WANT TO FIND THEM. They can find homeschoolers because the government views them as the enemy.
I am SOOOO ashamed and dirty feeling. I voted BOTH times for this PUKETUS.(POTUS)