California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he'll intervene if a court ruling against homeschoolers is not overturned. And some homeschooling parents say they'll leave the state, rather than give up their rights to educate their children.
Anita Jackier and her family are like so many other homeschooling families in California right now -- caught off guard by a state appeals court ruling last month.
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"This did take us by surprise and so we're watching very closely," she said.
The majority opinion says that parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children. And it requires homeschooling parents to obtain teaching credentials.
Brad Dacus represents the family whose case prompted the ruling. The next stop is the California Supreme Court -- but Dacus says they'll take it to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.
"It's a clear violation not only of the statutory rights of parents in California but of the constitutional rights of parents," Dacus said.
The ruling leaves more than 160,000 homeschool students and their families in a difficult position.
"Parents -- we're encouraging them to continue to homeschool," Dacus said. "But they need to have their eyes wide open because this is now established case law as it stands right now."
Dacus and others believe many California homeschool families will leave the state, rather than send their children to public schools.
The Jackier family has already talked about the possibility.
"We really believe that educating our children at home is our only option so if the state of California decided that that is something we could not do, we would have to leave the state," Jackier said.
Governor Schwarzenegger weighed in on the side of parents on Friday, saying they have the right to decide what's best for their children. And the governor promised to intervene, if the courts don't overturn the ruling.