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CA HOME SHOOLS UNDER ASSAULT
Bureaucrats Resort to Deceit, Intimidation
Dr. Delaine Eastin, State Superintendent of Public Education, is waging a war of lies and intimidation against home school families in California - especially those new to home schooling. Eastin has declared home schooling illegal and instructed local education officials to reject forms submitted by home schoolers to comply with laws that require them to "register" as "private schools" with state & local education authorities.
--In July, Deputy Superintendent Joanne Mendoza decreed that home schoolers do not have "an authorized exemption from mandatory public school attendance." A department spokesperson said state policy has not changed and home school parents have been operating illegally. "All parents are welcome to supplement their children's education with home instruction," she said, "but not substitute the education with uncredentialed home instruction."
--Superintendent Eastin, wrote, "Under California law, a 'home school' is not a private school, nor is it otherwise recognized as a lawful alternative to public school... In California, 'home schooling'...is not an authorized exemption from mandatory public school attendance..." (http://www.cde.ca.gov/govaffairs/private.html).
--The Home School Legal Defense Foundation (HSLDA) and Home School Association of California (HSAC) say home schoolers are on firm legal ground. HSLDF declared "victory" when the California Assembly adjourned without passing any new law to support Eastin's claims (see www.hslda.org/docs/news/hslda/200209/200209041.asp & www.hsc.org/legal/LTEastin.pdf).
Democrat control of the California governor's mansion and state house has given rise to extraordinary liberal lawmaking and extra-legal liberal bureaucratic activism from education to abortion to homosexual rights. (see "The Liberal Future?" http://www.worldmag.com/ world/issue/08-31-02/cover_1.asp ).
Christ commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our brethren and fellow countrymen in California are under siege by anti-liberty, antinomian bureaucrats and we should be concerned. By far the largest populated state in the Union, California has been a bellwether for our nation in education, laws, fashion, etc. Christians should be deeply concerned about what is happening there because other states, especially the left-leaning ones, will quickly follow California's lead.
Please Join us in Prevailing Prayer:
--Father, DEFEND & PROTECT California parents endeavoring to train their children according to Your Word. May California's legislators RESTRAIN those who engage in raw acts of Bureaucratic Tyranny. RAISE UP God-fearing men & women in the coming elections in California & elsewhere. Remove those who have no fear of God. In Jesus' Name, Amen (Dt 6:4; Jer 10:2; Ps 36:24-28; 59:1ff; 75:6; Pr 6:16ff).
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