I’m not well-versed in PennsylvaniaÂ situations (repetitive Google alerts about cyber/virtuals being the most current reports), so I’ll post this and hope that Pennsylvanians stop by to interpret it for us.
- Altoona Mirror, Altoona, Pennsylvania, 25 June 2006,Â Couple appeals ruling on schooling, religionÂ Â Â Â
JOHNSTOWN â€” Parents in six school districts, including Clearfield County, are appealing a federal court decision that found the stateâ€™s home-school regulations do not impinge on religious beliefs.
The parents contend that it is â€œsinfulâ€ for them to provide state authorities with copies of their childrenâ€™s work and a log of their educational goals.
The Webersâ€™ lawsuit was one of six similar lawsuits filed against districts in Western Pennsylvania. The cases were assigned to U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab, who issued a 76-page opinion upholding the stateâ€™s regulations.
Schwab ruled that the parents could not prove Pennsylvania Act 169, the Home Schooling Act, â€œplaces any restriction on or infringement upon the practice or exercise of their religion.â€
Schwab said the Webers and other religious parents are not required to perform any additional tasks than other home-school parents.
Altoona attorney Patrick Fanelli, who represented the Homer Center School District, said the schools under the stateâ€™s education laws have a â€œcompelling interestâ€ to see that the stateâ€™s children are educated.
He said none of the schools in the lawsuits challenged the use of religious materials by the parents.
The cases landed in a federal court because the school districts declared the children truant after their parents refused to comply with the home-school laws.