Welcome to Private & Home Educators of California
The purpose of this website is to provide information related to the legal status of private home education and parental rights issues. We provide the majority of this type of information, such as the status of current legislation, in our regular periodic newsletter, The Legal-Legislative Update.
In January 2014 a new change in the law (AB 2109) will affect all K-12 public and private school students in California, including all homeschooled students. The new law for required vaccinations for school attendance will go into effect January 1, 2014. This new law will require parents desiring a personal beliefs exemption from any or all required vaccinations for their child to have a consultation appointment with a specified health care provider before the exemption can be completed.
Every year the Private School Affidavit (PSA) must be filed between October 1st and 15th. If you are enrolled in a Private School Satellite Program (PSP), the school’s administrator files one affidavit for the whole group.
Updated October 1st
The private school affidavit for the 2013-2014 school year is now posted on the California Department of Education’s website.
California State Constitution
ARTICLE 9 SECTION 8. No public money shall ever be appropriated for the support of any sectarian [religious] or denominational school, or any school not under the exclusive control of the officers of the public schools; nor shall any sectarian or denominational doctrine be taught, or instruction thereon be permitted, directly or indirectly, in any of the common schools of this State.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is the premier nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. HSLDA advocates on the legal front on behalf of their members in matters which include conflicts with state or local officials over homeschooling.
The SXSWedu Technology Conference [held recently in Austin, Texas] featured a new project that has many educational technology companies very excited – and that has many parents angry and deeply concerned. The project is called inBloom – a massive national database of personal information on public school students – and it is now already up and running in nine states so far.
What gets bigger the more you take from it? As a kid, this was one of my favorite riddles. The correct answer, of course, is “a hole.” The more you take out of a hole, the bigger it gets. However, there is another answer to this riddle — one that seems to elude many people today.