Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for the reversal of a recent appellate court decision banning parents from educating their children at home if they lack teaching credentials, the Los Angeles Times reported. If the state Supreme Court fails to act, the governor vowed to push through legislation guaranteeing families' right to home-school.
"This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts, and if the courts don't protect parents' rights, then, as elected officials, we will," he said in a written statement.
Schwarzenegger's comments about the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling came as home schooling families and national conservative leaders expressed their beliefs that every parent has a fundamental right to home-school.
Dr. James C. Dobson interrupted the Focus on the Family radio program's regular programming to discuss the ruling.
"What has occurred is yet another egregious decision handed down by a California appeals court that strikes at the very heart and soul of families and their children," he said on Friday's broadcast. "The court has assaulted parental rights again, and this time with a sledgehammer."
We are asking concerned citizens across America to sign a petition asking the state Supreme Court to "depublish" the case, which means to apply the case to the family involved — not to all California families. More than 175,000 people already have signed the petition.
Thank Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for supporting parents' rights to home-school.
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Visit the Home School Legal Defense Association Web site.
Dr. Dobson discussed the California ruling on Friday's radio broadcast. Listen online.
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