CA Stone Age

Posted by Annie on Mar 10, 2008 in Legal |

Homeschooling legal in Michigan since 1993

Homeschooling legal in Michigan since 1993!

I am from Michigan and a few years back our family decided to move from California to Michigan: what a culture shock. It was like a throw back to the 90’s. No Internet Café, no computer fair or convention to attend, no technology deals.

It was like living in the Stone Age. I found it unbelievable how many people did not have computers or web pages to show off their business to the world. It was a huge adjustment for our family.

When we returned to California five-years-ago, it was with a sigh of relief to be back in "civilization," and among a more technologically-advanced forward-thinking people. With the recent developments, I’m not so sure. After all, Michigan has a homeschool law that says, "hey, parents can be trusted."

While at the same time, if Judge Croskey of the 2nd Appellate Court has his way California will be the state with the most restrictive homeschool law in the country. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that one.

Now Michigan residents are rubbing our nose in it. A recent 13 News article taunts us, "Homeschooling legal in Michigan since 1993." The article continues:

Wyoming – Michigan once had a law requiring parents to have a teacher certification if they homeschool their children. But unlike California, the Michigan law was changed 15 years ago.

Now Michigan parents who say they want to home school their children for religious reasons need no certification. The law was overturned in 1993 after an Allendale couple took their case to the Michigan Supreme Court and won.

Will California lose its reputation for being movers and shakers, a leader among the states? Will we now begin to look toward Michigan for guidance? Remember the phrase… "As California goes, so goes the nation?" That’s a scary thought.

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