AB 2926 Certification or Credentialing of Teachers

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AB 2926 Certification or Credentialing of Teachers - It's crucial that we, as a homeschool community get involved in rallying against this bill, regardless of the state we live in, because advisory boards such as the one proposed by Assembly Member Eggman, will become the norm in every state.

AB 2926 is by far the worst attack on homeschool families in the state of California.

Like AB 2756, this bill is a reaction to the Turpin Case, in Perris California. AB 2756, was introduced by Assembly Member Susan Eggman, who is also behind AB 2756.

There are multiple points that need to be addressed on this bill and every one of them is as crucial as the next, so immediate action from homeschoolers all across the US is needed. #AB2926 #stepUP #iHSNet #homescooling Click To Tweet

 

The Advisory Board

This bill proposes to establish an advisory board whose sole purpose would be to investigate and “to advise the Superintendent and the state board on all appropriate matters relative to home schools”. [1] This advice board would then make recommendations of additional homeschooling requirements.

The legality of providing private in home education in the state of California, was established as early as 1961, yet homeschool families in California as well as across the rest of the US, have faced multiple challenges, despite meeting every demand made by each individual state. 

It’s crucial that we, as a homeschool community get involved in rallying against this bill, regardless of the state we live in, because advisory boards such as the one proposed by Assembly Member Eggman, will become the norm in every state.

Proposed Additional Homeschooling Requirements

The additional requirements, as outlined in AB 2926 are as follows:

  1. Health and safety inspections.
  2. Additional, specific curriculum standards.
  3. Certification or credentialing of teachers.

These requirements hit the very core of the purpose of homeschooling.

According to the latest report [2] from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number one reason why parents choose homeschooling over public schooling is due to a “concern of the environment of other schools”. Reasons four and five on the same report, state parents choose homeschooling due to their children’s health reasons. All 3 reasons, address point one, of the proposed additional requirements.

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Looking at the same report, we can see that reasons two and three of why parents choose to homeschool is due to a “dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools”, and “to provide religious or moral instruction”. Both of these concerns, address Assembly Member Eggman’s point two, of the proposed additional requirements.

From a personal stand point however, the third “additional requirement” is my greatest concern. One of the major deciding factors in homeschooling my own children, came from a desire to be deeply involved in their lives. To have the ability to nurture their talents, and to grow in the relationship between mother and son, and mother and daughter.

There is no one on earth who is more invested in my children’s lives than myself and my husband. There is no one more qualified to teach each one of them according to their needs, according to their dreams, according to their faith.

The Problem with AB 2926

AB 2926 proposes we homeschool parents, submit the future of our children to the state. It proposes we allow the state to decide what to teach our children, and that we submit our children to the states’ ever changing moral standards.

Ultimately, AB 2926 would strip every homeschool right we have today, and would allow state officials to decide what is best for our families, whether it’s God honoring or not.

How can you step up and take action against AB 2926?

The committee hearing for this Bill will take place on April 25th. Here are some action steps you can take today. Don’t wait for someone else to make the call, don’t wait for someone else to write the letter. Most importantly, don’t wait, take these steps now.

  1. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has put together an article with actionable steps you can take against AB 2926. You can access it here.
  2. Share this information with the homeschool community, as well as with friends, family and neighbors who are willing to stand for our homeschool freedoms.
  3. Contact your state legislators, even if you do not reside in the state of California. Similar bills could come and affect your state. Make your voice heard today.
  4. Stay up to date with homeschool law. The only way to fight bills like this one is by staying informed.
  5. Support organizations like HSLDA, CHEA of California and Family Protection Ministries. These organizations fight daily to protect our homeschool freedoms.
  6. Reach out to the author of AB 2926 Susan Eggman @AsmSusanEggman, via Twitter, and make your position known.
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[1] Assembly Bill 2926
[2] Homeschooling in the United States: 2003 Statistical Analysis Report


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