In this dependency case, we consider the legality of, and restraints upon, home schooling in California.1 We will conclude that: (1) California statutes permit home schooling as a species of private school education; and (2) the statutory permission to home school may constitutionally be overridden in order to protect the safety of a child who has been declared dependent. [underlining added]
Fyi, “dependency” in this context, means that a child has been the subject of an abuse case and was found to be in need of supervision, protection, or care other than that given by the parent. For the purposes of this ruling, the reference to a child who has been declared “dependent” does not mean merely a minor child.
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