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  1. Dottie

    Thought this might interest you! Praise the Lord for this victory!

    Aug. 8 , 2008

    A Great Victory for California Homeschoolers
    Dear HSLDA Members and Friends: In a unanimous decision, the California
    Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District today ruled that
    ³California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school
    education.² Today¹s decision stands in stark contrast to the opinion this
    same three-judge panel issued in February, which would have made California
    the only state in the union to outlaw home education had it remained in
    effect. ³It is unusual for an appellate court to grant a petition for
    rehearing as this court did in March,² said HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris, ³but
    it is truly remarkable for a court to completely reverse its own earlier
    opinion. We thank you for your prayers and give God the glory for this great
    victory.² When the court vacated its earlier decision on March 25, 2008, it
    invited interested organizations to file friend-of-the-court briefs. ³I have
    never seen such an impressive array of people and organizations coming to
    the defense of homeschooling,² said Farris, who was one of the attorneys who
    argued the case on rehearing along with Alliance Defense Fund attorney Jeff
    Shafer, who represented the father. The father was also represented by Gary
    Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation. California¹s three largest
    homeschool organizations, California Homeschool Network, Homeschool
    Association of California and Christian Home Education Association joined
    together in one brief to defend the right of all parents to homeschool.
    HSLDA, Family Protection Ministries and Focus on the Family also joined in a
    separate brief. Numerous other private organizations came to the defense of
    home education as did California¹s governor, attorney general, and
    superintendent of public instruction. We are extremely grateful to all of
    the organizations who worked tirelessly to protect and preserve
    homeschooling freedom in California. We are also thankful for you, our
    members, for your prayers and support during this trying season. The
    freedom to homeschool is a precious gift from God. But keeping it free
    requires vigilance and perseverance. We must continue to work together
    diligently to preserve this precious freedom in California and elsewhere.
    J. Michael Smith
    HSLDA President


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