A California appeals court will soon decide the fate of thousands of homeschoolers.
Yesterday the Los Angeles court took the unusual step of revisiting a ruling it made in February. That ruling required homeschool parents to obtain state teaching credentials.
But after yesterday's hearing, several Christian legal groups fear the court's new ruling will simply retrench its earlier position.
"The questions that were raised by the appellate court make it very clear that they want this to be a major watershed case," Brad Dacus with the Pacific Justice Institute told CBN News.
But the Alliance Defense Fund's senior council Gary McCaleb, who helped represent one of the family's, has an optimistic outlook.
"Most likely this case will go back down to the lower court to see if this particular family should home school," he said.
"I think the court understands now that parents do have a fundamental right to raise their kids, that home schooling is part of that," McCaleb said. "And that you only restrict home schooling when there's a very, very, very compelling governmental need to do that."
But what if the outcome is not so sunny?
"If a ruling comes out that says that home schooling is illegal in California, I can pretty much guarantee you that'll go straight to the Supreme Court on behalf of the many home schoolers who are successfully home schooling today in California," he said.
The court's decision is expected as early as next month.
Source: The Associated Press, OneNewsNow