Friday, January 09, 2009

Home-school protections in Idaho's plans

Pete Chagnon and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 1/9/2009

Idaho lawmakers will be considering a bill in 2009 that will give home schoolers legal protection.

Under current Idaho law, home schoolers have some shelter under the state's compulsory attendance law, which says children between the ages of 7 and 16 must be enrolled in public, private, or parochial schools unless their parents are providing "other comparable instruction." While Idaho's courts have understood that to include the right to home education, recent rulings around the country indicate that judges' perspectives can change over time.

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2 comments:

beetlebabee said...

California had just such a court case and it shook homeschool families to the core about a year ago. I don't know which is scarier, asking some liberal CA lawmakers to enshrine and codify some version of homeschool law, or keep winging it under the radar and hope that the accepted practice of homeschooling doesn't change.

Marty said...

"recent rulings around the country indicate that judges' perspectives can change over time."

This is something that needs to be clarified at all levels of the judiciary. While judges perspectives can change over time, the letter of the law and the intention of those who passed it DOES NOT change. If the law becomes inadequate, then it is the duty of the legislature/people to update it -- not the courts.

For the courts to presume "If they had known then what we know now, they would have done X, therefore X is the law" is criminal usurpation that should disturb every American.