Congressmen Fight for CA Homeschooling

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Some members of Congress are stepping in to help reverse a California court ruling who some say "declared war on homeschooling."

The Liberty Counsel has filed a brief on behalf of 19 congressmen, arguing that parents do have the fundamental right to teach their children how the choose. The brief cites past cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court that uphold that right.

In February, a California Court of Appeals ruled that parents who lack teaching credentials do not have the constitutional right to homeschool their kids.

The court agreed in March to rehear the case, the same time that the congressmen asked the judges to reverse their ruling. The case is now being heard in district court.

"Parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children," said Matthew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law. "This right includes the decision to school their children at home. We must assume that parents will act in the best interest of their children and that parents, not the government, know what is best for their children," he continued.

Staver also addressed the success of homeschooling. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Homeschooling has become phenomenally successful," he said. "Homeschooled children routinely out-perform children educated in the public schools. Some of the brightest minds in American history were homeschooled."

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