Over two thousand homeschoolers gathered for over four hours at the capital of California in Sacramento on Wednesday (April 25th) in opposition to AB 2756 which they say would take away the rights of parents to home-school their children.
The introduction of this bill came from California Assemblyman Jose Medina of Perris, California in February of this year after a malnourished 17-year-old the month before escaped and alerted authorities to the abuse she and her 12 siblings, ages 2 to 29, had endured from her parents David and Louise Turpin at there home in Riverside, CA. The bill was co-authored by Assemblywomen Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego).
According to the LA Times, “Under current state law, families who choose to educate their children at home are deemed to be operating private schools. They’re required to register with the state Department of Education and submit annual paperwork, known as a private school affidavit, that tells the state how many students are enrolled and where the school is located.” Medina’s bill would have required city and county fire department in CA. to conduct annual inspections of all registered home schools. Those without fire districts would then be subject to the inspections by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
As we mentioned homeschoolers from across the state addressed the Education Committee. Greg Burt a representative from the California Family Council and a father of three children aged ten to seventeen who homeschools them, spoke with the Miller News Service after he attended the committee meeting on Wednesday. He says that Assemblyman Medina’s bill “threatens their freedom to homeschooling,” and that he is “against the state of California doing home inspections of his” and “other home-schoolers homes.” Burt’s son ten-year-old Ryan addressed the committee joining thousands of home-school children in opposing the bill.
The bill, however, did not pass and was removed from consideration due to no members of the committee filing a motion to vote on the bill.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “This is a victory worth celebrating. For many years, PJI has been a leader in defending homeschoolers in California,” and that “All is not lost in California; when we stand together, we can still make a difference.”
The Miller News Service attempted to contact Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher for comment regarding this bill; however, we did not hear back from the assemblywoman or her office before the deadline for this story.
Sources: KTLA 5
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