A homeschooling parent from Washington state wrote a letter to the editor about a local report about the California appellate court decision’s affect on Washington homeschooling.
Should parents be certified teachers to home school?, 27 March 2008, Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington
A California appeals court case ruling that parents who want to home school their children must be certificated teachers in that state or risk criminal prosecution will not have an effect here because each state sets their own rules regarding home schooling.
“Our laws are very good,” said Susi Lundquist of Ellensburg. Her eight youngsters either are or have been home schooled. She says Washington’s rules were written by the person who went on to start the Home School Legal Defense Association, and they protect parents’ right to home school.
Comment at website:
Just for the record, HSLDA and its founder had nothing to do with writing the WA homeschool law. He was not even in the state at the time.
A group of dedicated homeschooling parents, the Washington Association of Home Educators (WAHE), courageouly took on the task of learning to work with the Legislature and achieved what was then considered next to impossible: changing the law in order to allow families to homeschool their children legally.
Letter to the editor:
Reporter should have researched home school rules, 4 April 2008, Daily Record, Ellensburg, Washington
Though it is important to interview participants, I believe a reporter should do a minimum of research in the subject area. A glaring error was the suggestion that Washington State homeschooling law was developed by a lawyer named Mike Farris. This is not true. 24 years ago our law was formulated by dedicated homeschooling families in the early 1980s. These families worked with legislators and lobbied for years to pass our present day Home-based Instruction law.