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LOS ANGELES (BP)--The same California appeals court that issued a much-criticized homeschooling ruling has agreed to rehear the case â€“- raising hopes in the homeschooling community that the justices will reverse their decision.
The three-judge panel announced March 25 it would rehear the case this summer and it asked several parties, including the California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District and several teachers unions, to submit friend-of-the-court briefs. The court's Feb. 28 ruling asserted that "parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children" -- alarming homeschoolers nationwide, despite the fact it was limited to California.
If it stands, the decision could have a dramatic impact on the state's estimated 166,000 homeschool students. Soon after it was issued, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized it and pledged legislation if...