We just received this update on the California situation, released March 26 by Roy Hanson’s Private and Home Educators of California. Roy Hanson serves as the legislative consultant for CHEA. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in California.

NEWSFLASH March 26, 2008
From: Roy Hanson’s Private and Home Educators of California
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For many years we have worked together with all of the statewide
private homeschool organizations in California on homeschool issues.
In the aftermath of the February 28th Appellate Court’s decision in
southern California, we have stayed in close communications with these
organizations. Our goal has been to share critical information with
each other and find common ground on the best strategy to protect our
right to continue home schooling under the private school option.
Private and Home Educators of California is a program division of
Family Protection Ministries. We continue with our full-time presence
at the state Legislature in Sacramento, monitoring and advocating for
private home school freedoms.

The leaders of the five statewide private homeschool organizations are
issuing the following statement.

The following organizations, California Homeschool Network, Christian
Home Educators Association of California, Private and Home Educators
of California and HomeSchool Association of California, represent the
major California-based organizations working on a statewide basis to
support private homeschooling. They, together with the Home School
Legal Defense Association, which also works in California to support
private homeschooling and which has members in California, jointly
issue the following statement:

1. We are united in the goal of protecting the right of parents to
teach their children privately at home without additional governmental

2. We believe that children deserve to learn in the environment that
best meets their individual needs. We support the right of parents to
direct their children’s education including, if they desire, teaching
their children privately at home apart from any public school program
and without a teaching credential.

3. We believe that the opinion rendered by the Second District Court
of Appeals in the case titled “In re Rachel L.” on February 28, 2008
is excessively broad in its scope and incorrectly states the law as
applied to home education in California.

4. We believe that the interpretation of California law, as understood
by our organizations and by the California Department of Education
prior to the issuance of this decision, is correct, that the interests
of both the State of California in ensuring that children are educated
adequately and of parents in directing their children’s education are
well met by this prior interpretation of law, and that no change in
California law regarding the teaching of children privately at home is

For further information, please contact these organizations as follows:

California Homeschool Network
P.O. Box 55485
Hayward, CA 94545

Loren Mavromati, President

Christian Home Educators Association of California
P.O. Box 2009
Norwalk, CA 90651-2009
Mary Schofield, Esq., Vice President

Private and Home Educators of California
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Roy Hanson, Director
Jim Davis, Legislative Liaison

HomeSchool Association of California
P.O. Box 77873
Corona, CA 92877
Debbie Schwarzer, Esq., Legislative Chair

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134-9000
J. Michael Smith, Esq.

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