Again in California: Home school parents must have teaching credential

Discussion in 'Homeschooling in the News' started by *Angie*, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. *Angie*

    *Angie* New Member

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    Would this be the first state to require parents have some sort of qualifications to homeschool? (I'm not up to date on regulations in other places, at all).

    It sure makes me grateful for my province's lack of guidelines/requirements when it comes to educating my own children.

    whoops, here's the link http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8477915?source=rss

    And sorry if it was already brought up in the other thread, I'll admit I haven't read the whole thing!
     
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  3. mommix3

    mommix3 New Member

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    I am VERY worried for the future of homeschooling. Our Government is taking away all of our rights. This is AWEFUL!! Is this in effect already??

    Angela
     
  4. Dianna

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    Hi,
    I just went into the HSLDA website, and they have a petition to fight the ruling. If you are a member, here is the link. I think maybe you can sign it even if you are not a member. We should all sign it, and hopefully they will reverse this ugly mess. Anyway, for those interested in signing, here is the link.

    https://www2.hslda.org/Registrations/DepublishingCaliforniaCourtDecision/

    Blessings To You All,
    Dianna
     
  5. dawninns

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    Wait a minute!!! The ruling did not change California law, it simply pointed it out. The law there is as it has been for years.

    Nothing has been taken away from Californian homeschoolers because they were never technically legal anyway.

    Where was the HSLDA and the state groups before all this happened?
     
  6. Emma's#1fan

    Emma's#1fan Active Member

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    Thanks for the link Dianna.
     
  7. Emma's#1fan

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  8. TeacherMom

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    What law was pointed out, as far as I saw there was not one on the books last time I looked, but of course it may have been centuries old?
    the hslda did not know about it at first I was told
     
  9. 3angelsmom

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    That isn't actually correct. In California there are (were?) four legal ways to homeschool, one being declaring yourself a private school with the qualifications being that you are capable of teaching. Enrolling in a private or public ISP is also an option, as is hiring a private tutor. Now, according to new legislation the only legal way is for the parent to have a teaching credential or hire a private tutor.
     
  10. Jackie

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    FYI, Dr. Dobson is discussing this with HSLDA and others today on his broadcast, if anyone would like to listen. HSLDA has a petition that will make this ruling apply to ONLY this one family, rather than allowing it to have legal precidence for ALL in California and across the nation. I know many of you don't like HSLDA, and that's OK, but you do NOT have to be a member or even a hs'er to sign this petition. It's at their website.

    If anyone would like to listen to Dr. Dobson, here's the link: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/Focus_on_the_Family/
     
  11. dawninns

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    There is no new legislation. There was a court ruling that pointed out one part of existing legislation. The reason why ISP's are now in question is because of that judges interopretation of the existing legislation.
     
  12. dawninns

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    That doesn't make sense. there can't be special exceptions for how the legal system works for homeschoolers.
     
  13. Jackie

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    If it doesn't make sense, it's probably due to my inadequate explanations! Sorry, I'm not "legal" enough to explain it better!
     
  14. Emma's#1fan

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    We signed the petition last night and have sent it off, via email to numerous of people who are sending to to more people. I think the more people we can get to sign, the better chances we have of depublishing the order.
     
  15. dawninns

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    When I don't make sense I just blame the alchohol. :D
     
  16. Jackie

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    They are asking for EVERYONE to sign, regardless of whether or not they are Californians.
     
  17. Jackie

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    Not THIS early in the morning, LOL!!!
     
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    Dawninns...

    Are you saying that this law is only effecting those who claim to be thier own "private school" in which they were already required to have a teaching credential of some kind in order to be able to do that? and that the other 3 types of options are still available?

    When I read the story the first time - the thought did cross my mind that IF the family was not following the legal set out procedure for homeschooling then YES, it was THEM in violation, not the law cracking down on them for being in violation. Right?

    I still think I hate governmental control, yes....but if you ARE violating the law you should have some kind of consequenses.

    I don't live in CA...but I live in PA where they tend to follow the stricter interpretations of the laws....

    AHHHH!!!!!!
     
  19. Emma's#1fan

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    The order affects all options except the option of having your child taught by a certified teacher/tutor. I wonder where this leaves Charter programs. I heard that it will also affect them as well. Being under a charter is no different than being under an ISP. The only difference is the rules the group requires to be fulfilled vary.
     
  20. TeacherMom

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    Okay, umm am I the only one here who knows that public school teachers are not credentialed here in California?
    If they are not, and are 'capable of teaching' then so am I. Legal and all!
     
  21. Emma's#1fan

    Emma's#1fan Active Member

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    I hear you TMom. We have many teachers at the private Christian school that have not yet completed their education. They are required to complete it while they teach. My friend is one of them. She had to sign a contract with the school that she will continue her education.
     

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