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Thought I’d keep you posted on the case in California.
Note the part I highlighted from the court case; it makes me shudder a bit.

HSLDA: Update–Defending Homeschool Freedom in California

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The following is an update on the developing situation in California from Michael Farris, Chairman, Home School Legal Defense Association.

State Superintendent Supports Homeschooling

On Tuesday, March 11, Jack O’Connell, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced that he believed that homeschooling is still legal in California. O’Connell’s statement is welcome news. To read it visit . Some might conclude that the statement ends the controversy. However, it is not the end of the matter; it is just an important step along the way.

His clarifying statement was probably the result of the massive public outcry against the February 28 decision of the California Court of Appeal which effectively ruled that homeschooling is illegal in California unless conducted by a credentialed teacher and that parents have no constitutional right to homeschool.

O’Connell’s statement is helpful, but the courts will undoubtedly take the position that their determination of the meaning of state law is final even though they should give serious deference to the position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

It should also be remembered that local school districts make the decision about when to initiate prosecutions for truancy, and they are not officially controlled by the state agency on these matters. However, many local officials may be influenced by O’Connell’s positive statement.

Did the February 28 Ruling Intend to Affect All Homeschooling Families?

Some have contended that the decision of the Court of Appeal in In Re Rachel L. only affects that particular family. While a court order can only direct one family to stop homeschooling, the case clearly sets a legal precedent that will be binding against all other families if this case is not reversed. (Technically, the decision is binding only in the Second District which consists of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. However, other appellate
districts will normally treat it as persuasive precedent. If ratified by the Supreme Court of California, it formally binds all California counties.)

There are two basic issues in the case:

1. Does state law allow parents to homeschool without a state teaching credential?

2. If not, is this law unconstitutional?

Below are three short quotations from the case which give the clear answer:

“It is clear to us that enrollment and attendance in a public full-time day school is required by California law for minor children unless (1) the child is enrolled in a private full-time day school and actually attends that private school, (2) the child is tutored by a person holding a valid state teaching credential for the grade being taught.”

“California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to school their children in their own home.”

“We agree with the Shinn court’s statement that ‘the educational program of the State of California was designed to promote the general welfare of all the people and was not designed to accommodate the personal ideas of any individual in the field of education.”

In the first quote the court makes it clear that it believes that parents may not operate their own private schools. In the second they deny that a parent has a constitutional right to homeschool, and in the third they concur that California law does not accommodate parents pursuing their own education program for their children.

As you can see, the decision is categorical and was not written to be limited to just the facts of this case.

Due to the scope of the court decision, HSLDA is pleased to be working with other self-identified pro-homeschooling organizations, including Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA), Homeschool Association of California (HSC), California Homeschool Network (CHN), and Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in order to oppose this ruling. We are all in this one together.

What is HSLDA’s Immediate Plan of Action?

We plan to:

1. Support the family’s petition for review to the California Supreme Court.

2. File an amicus brief on behalf of all our members, and others we represent, if the California Supreme Court accepts the case for review.

What Can California Homeschoolers Expect in the Short Run?

We believe that it is highly unlikely that local officials will begin proceedings against homeschool families until this present case is resolved.

This ruling has obviously caused great concern among California homeschoolers. We want to remind all California homeschoolers that you should stay calm in the face of this decision. Please continue to operate your homeschool, because we believe that our interpretation of the law is correct and will ultimately prevail in the court system.

We must remain vigilant, however. If you are a member of HSLDA, and you are contacted by a school district, please contact HSLDA immediately.

Long-Range Solution

On another front, later today I am meeting with a half-dozen congressmen to plan a strategy to push for a constitutional amendment on parental rights. We have been receiving numerous calls from members of Congress wanting to respond to this decision. See for more information.

Final Thoughts/Conclusion

The way the homeschool law has worked in California for the past two decades has been successful for all homeschoolers. If we can keep what we have today that would be a significant victory for homeschool freedom.

We also understand that the current situation has caused much stress for California homeschool families. We are praying, and we encourage you to pray, that the threat we face will be swiftly removed and that homeschool freedom in California will be preserved.

We have seen God’s hand of protection on the homeschooling movement for the 25 years we have been working together for this cause. There is no reason to begin to doubt God now.

Michael Farris
Chairman, Home School Legal Defense Association

March 11, 2008

An update to HSLDA Members and Friends on the California Court of
Appeal Decision on Homeschooling:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell comes to the
defense of homeschool families. “The California Department of
Education policy will not change in any way as a result of this
ruling. Parents still have the right to homeschool in this state,” he

After the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District in Los
Angeles ruled on February 28 that parents had to be credentialed
teachers to educate their own children the statement from O’Connell is
encouraging news for the homeschool community.

“O’Connell has it right,” said Michael Farris, Chairman of HSLDA. “But
the court decision must still be overturned before homeschool freedom
can be restored in California.”

The Court of Appeal ruling shocked the homeschool community because in
one sweeping decision it effectively outlawed homeschooling.

“We hope the statement from O’Connell puts the brakes on any
enforcement action,” said Farris.

HSLDA will be pursuing several legal options, including seeking review
by the California Supreme Court and petitioning the same court to
depublish the opinion in order to return California to being a state
where a family can legally homeschool in California without fear.

“We have just started the legal battle to restore homeschool freedom
in California,” said Farris.

To visit HSLDA’s Info page on this court decision, which has the legal
status, link to the decision, and info on legal grounds for
homeschooling in California, use this link:

Ian Slatter
Director of Media Relations

Y’all! I want to alert you to an occurrence in California and ask for your help.

A California Court of Appeal recently decided that homeschooling is illegal in California unless a parent is a certified teacher. The case arose in a confidential juvenile court proceeding. The Court could have restricted its decision to the facts before it, but instead, it issued a broad ruling that effectively outlaws home education in California. The family and their California counsel are planning to appeal to the Supreme Court of California, which could result in reversal.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) will be formally petitioning the California Supreme Court to depublish the opinion, which would cause it to be of little effect. Please join me by showing that many other people, both in California and across the country, care deeply about homeschool freedom in California by signing the HSLDA petition.

You can sign it here:

Do not allow the government to take away the right for parents to educate/be in charge of the education of their children!!!

She is a SCOUNDREL!!! And I absolutely ADORE her!!! ♥

Okay, y’all! Want something to do?!? Tired of the msm saying that Ron Paul has quit?!?

Let’s shake things up a bit!

You MUST be encouraged… you MUST realize that there are hundreds of delegates UP FOR GRABS at the RNC!!!

Just because Romney and Huckabee have encouraged their delegates to back McCain… they are under NO OBLIGATION to do so!!!

If anything… the Romney and Huckabee delegates should be reason enough for RP to go to the RNC (and for us to go and show our support, as well)… RP MUST GO TO THE CONVENTION! Odds ARE against him… but if he had a chance to speak… and NOT about the economy– we’ve ALL heard his rant on the economy and getting rid of the IRS and inflation and the fed… and while we agree… there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT AMERICANS WANT TO HEAR ABOUT… if he’d go to the RNC and mention the OTHER issues… those delegates would be HARD PRESSED to support McCain! We need Ron Paul to go to the convention and:

  • REALLY talk about his strategy for victory in Iraq…
  • REALLY dig into American Independence and Sovereignty
  • He needs to talk about Border Security and Immigration
  • We want him to talk about Life and Liberty…
  • about Property rights and Privacy and Personal Liberty…
  • about Health Care and Social Security
  • about education… if teachers and parents REALLY knew his stance, they’d fall all over themselves in support of Ron Paul…
  • And Home Schooling (it’s bigger and more important than ever before)!

What do we do about those delegates?!?

We get lists!!! We go to each state’s GOP site and find the lists of delegates… we look up addresses and start writing letters (remind the delegates of the enormous responsibility they’ve undertaken) and sending Ron Paul packets.  It might be good to mention in your letters that most members of the GOP, who believe what Ron Paul stands for, foolishly succumbed to msm spin and pressure and voted for Romney and Huckabee because of questions about Ron Paul’s electability… that they knew McCain was “electable” and still refused to vote for him.

We start with our own state and then go from there! Feel free to leave comments here with your state’s delegate information. That way, when someone finishes his/her state, he/she may come here and get to work on another one.

I’m about to get to work on a Louisiana List. I look forward to you sharing yours!

I want to encourage you, too, to email or write letters to Ron Paul’s campaign staff, encouraging THEM to send packets to all of the delegates up for grabs, as well.

Woohoo… something to do!

©PortCityPrincess 2008
All Rights Reserved

Dr. Ron Paul’s latest message to his supporters:

I admit, all I could say was, “Well CRAP!”
I know… not very bright or inspiring… but so be it!

I had hoped that Dr. Paul would have thrown his support behind a rally at the RNC. It seems more logical to me: It’s more central, will have a larger impact, and gives revolutionaries more time to organize and plan. Granted, it is Monday- Thursday, but can history really be made in one day?!? 😉

Which brings me to another point. We’re all so very excited and passionate about what we believe. We all want to DO something. That is GREAT! That needs to be tempered, though, with wisdom, with structure, with organization. Our rush to DO makes me think of something Plato wrote: “The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.”

It IS a curse and often causes much more harm than good when we are taken over by our desire to DO SOMETHING… ANYTHING… NOW!!! We need to be patient. Not complacent, but patient. There IS a difference! We need to remember that revolutions are not won in a day. Things take time… planning… organization… wisdom… and leadership. It’s hard to grasp, with our fast-food mentality. But we MUST be mature about this. We must put off immediate gratification for long-term gain.

We must organize a unified front and have a vision, a mission, and a plan. We can not be thousands of chickens with our heads cut off, all running every which way! We need to POOL our ideas and resources… make decisions as a TEAM… as a BODY… and THEN act… TOGETHER. Changing the nation is going to take some time, y’all! Things are a MESS… it will take a while to right it.

It’s like gaining weight… boy! A few burgers and milkshakes and suddenly you’re a pear. Overnight, it seems. The weight goes on so quickly… but then to take it off! Oh my GOODNESS! Months and years of lifestyle changes… working out, eating right… the 2 months to put the weight on becomes 2 years to take it off… BUT!!! Unlike the discouragement we might feel at becoming physically fit… unlike the never-used and expired gym memberships… we can NOT let discouragement get the better of us in THIS endeavor… we can NOT give up and abandon our fitness regime for a free nation! It took no time to get into this mess… but it’s going to take a long time to get out of it. I’m not ready to go to the gym… but I AM ready to rally with our country’s Liberty-lovers… and to commit myself to keeping my children free.

About the march/rally and my disappointment at Ron Paul throwing his support behind June 21st… I spoke last night with Ray Powell and Bryan Siemon of the North Virginia Patriots and Revolution March. Of course, at first all I could say was “Crap! Crap! Crap!” But they were very encouraging. Just because there will be a rally in D.C. on the 21st (if permits can even be obtained), it does not mean we need to abandon our desire to rally at the RNC. RIGHT ON! 🙂

*As an aside, I must say, trying to write a blog while kids are arguing over trains and vintage little people is VERY difficult. Please forgive my rambling, as I am often interrupted with the call to mediate!* 😉

©PortCityPrincess 2008
All Rights Reserved

I’ve been hearing all sorts of chatter about McCain not being eligible for president, as he’s not a natural born citizen. I figured, though, that if it were REALLY an issue, it would have been brought up by now at higher levels… that it wouldn’t be a topic for MySpace blogs and bulletins… but that “the powers-that-be” would actually address the issue.

well… apparently it’s big enough a deal for McCain to have Ted Olson (Bush’s former Solicitor General) advise him on the matter:

Ted Olson on McCain
and ‘natural born’

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:55 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: 2008, McCain

From NBC’s Joel Seidman
Ted Olson, the former Solicitor General under Bush who is advising McCain’s camp on whether the Arizona senator being born in the Panama Canal Zone qualifies him to be president, emails NBC News: “Although I am continuing to research the matter, there is little doubt in my mind that Senator McCain fully meets the Constitution’s qualifications to be President of the United States. In my view, the plain meaning of ‘natural born citizen’ includes persons who become citizens of this nation ‘naturally,’ that is by virtue of their birth to parents who are citizens, particularly when the birth takes place on territory occupied and controlled by the United States, in Senator McCain’s case, a U. S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone. Indeed, the very First Congress, containing many Members who were the actual Framers of the Constitution, explicitly declared that children of United States citizens, born outside the limits of the United States, were ‘natural born’ citizens. I am confident that the United States Supreme Court, should it ever address the issue, would agree.”

*** UPDATE *** I sent Jill Pryor, an Atlanta attorney, who 20 years ago wrote in the Yale Law Journal about the “Natural Born Enigma” an e-mail about Olson’s remarks, and she said, in part, “Eligibility for … children born on American military bases … is also uncertain.”

Here’s what she wrote in full: “While I agree with Mr. Olson’s conclusion, what I said in my article 20 years ago remains true today: ‘Whether a person born abroad of American parents … qualifies as natural born has never been resolved,’ and that ‘Eligibility for … children born on American military bases … is also uncertain.’ Some have taken the view that ‘natural born’ means native born, that is, born in the United States, and there is no authority expressly to the contrary. The ‘natural born’ language in the naturalization statute passed by the first Congress, to which Mr. Olson refers, was deleted from a later version of the statute for unknown reasons. The early common law did not always provide that the children of citizens born abroad were citizens themselves, see for example dicta in Weedin v. Chin Bow, 274 U.S. 657, 663 (1927), and the automatic citizenship of persons born in United States territories or on military bases is of much more recent origin.”

You can find the above article here.

What does this have to do with you?!? Well… read the article then LEAD! )

Talk to your meet-up group members! Compell everyone you know to write letters to Ron Paul’s campaign, requesting that he at least come out and SPEAK on the issue… or if he will not SPEAK about it, that he will at the very least “issue a statement”… to either put the rumor mill to rest or spur us into action to petition our representatives to really look into the matter.

In the meantime, I’m still working on write-in research. The main jist is (and bear in mind that I am an idealist): It’s really not going to do anything but keep your conscience clean. Only a few states count write-ins unless the candidate has filed as a write-in. Otherwise, the votes are discarded. A good many of the states don’t even allow write-ins… If we all moved to a state that DID allow write-ins… it still wouldn’t make a whole heap of difference because each state only gets so many electoral votes. Perhaps if Ron Paul people took over California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Texas… but even then… some of those states don’t allow write-ins…

Anyhoo… What do we do?!?

I’m still working on the answer to that! ;)

©PortCityPrincess 2008
All Rights Reserved

Ron Paul is not with the majority of Republicans with Iraq/foreign policy (unless you REALLY dig into where he stands, consider logistics, and his strategy for victory in Iraq- then you’re likely to agree, wholeheartedly!), but on every other issue Ron Paul is right on with the base. McCain is not with the Republican base on taxes, global warming, free speech, drilling for more oil, POW/MIA issues, immigration, torture, etc., but then you have Iraq- where he is in line with the majority of his party.

Joe Lieberman (on Iraq) is in line with a good deal of the Republican party, too. Would Republicans vote for Joe Lieberman just because of Iraq? I suppose there will be a few hardcore neo-cons (big government Republicans) like Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes out there who would, but the majority would not.

A vote for McCain is basically like voting for Lieberman. The biggest thing both McCain and Lieberman have in common is that they both have alienated their party’s base. I hope a lot of conservatives will weigh all the issues and see that, in total, Paul’s views line up to be more conservative than McCain’s “conservative/nation-building” view on Iraq.

When did being conservative only become about staying in Iraq for 100 years and supporting nation-building around the world? Whatever happened to small government, low/zero taxes, personal freedom and liberty of the individual over state power?

Romney has asked his delegates to support McCain.
But they aren’t bound.

We need to find them.
We need to have them REALLY dig in and REALLY study Dr. Paul.

It seems the majority of this nation is opposed to Dr. Paul based solely on sound-bites and 30 second debate answers!

YOU try describing your entire presidential platform in a 30-second push!

It’s not over… not by a long shot.

Come on, people… get to it! There are still states who haven’t voted… and now there are delegates up for grabs!!!

We’ve got to press on. Your freedom and the freedom of your children is at stake.

If you’re reading this… and you know in your heart that you’ve not given Dr. Paul a fair shot… read about him. Turn off the tv and read about him! Make an INFORMED decision! God gave you a brain. Use it, while it’s still legal.

I know you’ll do what’s right.
Because the lesser of two evils is still evil…
And right is right, even at a whisper!
But if the whole world whispers… it becomes a ROAR!

Love you fiercely!

When you go in today, and you see your choices, remember that the lesser of two evils is STILL evil……and right is right, even at a whisper!!!

Do what’s right… let your conscience be clean.