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On February 28, 2008, a state appellate court issued a decision in the case of In re Rachel L.
that effectively requires those providing home school instruction to possess state teaching credentials.
Read the court's decision.

Statement of the
California Association of Private School Organizations
on the In re RACHEL L Decision

The California Association of Private School Organizations is firmly committed to upholding the right of parents to direct the education of their children - a right that includes the option of home schooling.

CAPSO maintains that "the power of the state reasonably to regulate all schools," is secondary to "the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control."* We regard the Appellate Court's decision in the case of In re RACHEL L as a ruling that imposes an unreasonable and excessive degree of regulation by requiring all parents choosing to home school their children to become subject to state teacher credentialing requirements.

Private schools make enormous contributions to the State of California. Our schools equip students with knowledge, skills and values that are essential for productive and responsible participation in a democratic society. Graduates of California's private schools make significant contributions to every aspect of life in the state, often distinguishing themselves for their social, cultural, economic, scientific, academic, legal, religious and political achievements and leadership. Whatever their particular orientation, California's private schools uphold and promote the values of public participation and service to community. And in the process, our schools save taxpayers more than $5 billion per annum.

As partners in the education of the public, CAPSO member organization schools are committed to responsible governance, educational excellence, and direct accountability to students and parents.

* Both quotations are excerpted from the U.S. Supreme Court's Pierce v. Society of Sisters decision, which affirmed the right of parents to enroll their children in private schools. In its In re Rachel L ruling, the Second District Appellate Court selectively cited the first clause, but not the second.


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