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Criminalizing Home Schooling…Does This Affect Home Businesses?

by Mary Emma Allen on March 8th, 2008


If you’re a home business owner who home schools one or all of your children, working this into your business schedule, or even incorporates your home business into your schooling lessons, you may want to learn what’s happening in California.  You also could be affected if you provide, through your home business, supplies and services for home schoolers.

One California judge went back to an old early 1950’s law and decided home schooling parents must be credentialed teachers, or they could be considered as breaking the law.  If you home school, check out, Criminalizing Home Schoolers, a Time/CNN article by Kristin Kloberdanz.

On Feb. 28, Judge H. Walter Croskey of the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles ruled that children ages six to 18 may be taught only by credentialed teachers in public or private schools - or at home by mom and dad but only if they have a teaching degree.

Of course, it’s predicted this will be appealed.  However, if you’re a homeschooling parent or provide, through your home business, home schooling supplies and services, you may want to keep on top of what transpires.  Even though you don’t live in California, you’ll want to know whether this eventually could affect the state where you live or be instituted there.

What do you think about the idea that home schooling parents should be credentialed teachers?

(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen

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6 opinions for Criminalizing Home Schooling…Does This Affect Home Businesses?

  • AnnaLaura Brown
    Mar 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I think this is rediculous. As long as the parents know what they are doing and have a plan, home schooling should be allowed. On a side note though many of the parents I know who do home school are certified teachers.

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    Mar 9, 2008 at 1:41 am

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  • Mary Emma Allen
    Mar 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    AnnaLaura, when you see how many youngsters excell in competitions and do well in college, there must be something going for home schooling. In fact, I know of one 14-year old who has graduated from high school (with great grades) and now is a freshman in college. She was home schooled until she entered high school and also had completed some classes at a community college during her home schooling.

  • Jeanne Dininni
    Mar 12, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Mary Emma,

    I do live in California, and I can only say that I’m glad my youngest child is finished with school, because he was homeschooled his entire life. I feel bad for those who still have school-age children and must contend with this unfair ruling. In fact, I know people who currently homeschool. What a travesty!

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Mary Emma Allen
    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Jeanne, thanks for visiting Home Biz Notes and sharing your thoughts and information with us. I’m wondering if there are any other states that have an old law that can be interpreted in a way that rules against home schooling.

  • Jeanne Dininni
    Mar 13, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Very good question, Mary Emma! It would be an interesting topic to research.


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