DELAINE EASTIN LIES
|"a handful of conservative
publications have attacked our application of the law. None of these charges is true"|
In a court of law, this would be proven to
be slander, and you would be proven to be a LIAR. We "conservatives"
welcome the opportunity to see you repeating your statement in a witness box.
|"we have always interpreted to
be a resource for parents use in selecting a private educational setting for their
children. Home schools obviously have no relation to this purpose"|
This makes the radical assumption that
children learn nothing in the most "private educational setting" of all, their
own homes. This is a LIE, not merely a faulty "opinion".
|"If home-schooled children ...
were exempted from compulsory education laws by the mere filing of an affidavit ... then
there would be potentially thousands of children in California whose education would not
be subject to any supervision whatsoever"|
No "supervision whatsoever"?
What do you imagine California's parents to be--complete and total IDIOTS? We
IDIOTS submit to you that we don't know even one public servant who's more capable of
imparting even ONE concept or thought to a child than the people you think are
IDIOTS. This is not a mere "difference of opinion"--the widely available
statistical evidence proves you are a LIAR.
|"The state does not have any
information, beyond the anecdotal, about the quality of education in home schools in
If the state
really doesn't have any such information, then that's YOUR fault, because you're the
alleged "State Superintendent of Public Instruction" who should AT LEAST know
that only nine states, Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon,
Wisconsin, and Washington, scored higher than home schooled children on the nationally
administered ACT test http://fathersmanifesto.net/actstates.htm
and California's public schools weren't even close.
Furthermore, these IDIOTS you proclaim can't provide "any supervision whatsoever" got tired
of waiting for their public servants like you to do something constructive for a change,
and set up their own private schools which beat even home schooled students, right there
in your back yard. Right there in your state of California, these private schools
consistently score 284 in NAEP Math (the top ninetieth percentile
nationwide), which is a light year ahead of California's public schools, at 262 (the bottom tenth percentile nationwide).
In the state of California, a
parent who did such a miserable job of educating a child would be charged with the
criminal offense of "educational neglect". What did you do about it?
Since you were elected,
California's NAEP scores decreased one point. Coupled with your perjury, right now,
you look more like a criminal than a superintendent or an advocate for education.
Reprint of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine Eastins, letter to
August 27, 2002
Dear Assembly Members (Senators):
Over the last few weeks, the Department of Education has been characterized in some
circles as being engaged in a campaign to harass home schoolers and to root out home
schooling in California. My staff and I have received dozens of angry telephone calls and
written communications that unfairly assume that the Department is misapplying the
states compulsory education law in derogation of the rights of parents, and a
handful of conservative publications have attacked our application of the law. None of
these charges is true, of course, but the amount of misinformation, and passion, in these
communications does make me believe that the situation cries out for a legislative
The enclosed legal analysis, entitled The Compulsory Education Law and Home
Schooling in California, traces the history of our compulsory education law.
Although at one time California recognized home schooling as an authorized means of
complying with school attendance requirements, the option of education in the home has not
been included in our statutes since 1903.
In the more recent past, we believe that aggressive home school advocates have counseled
home schoolers to attempt to bring their practice within the private school exemption by
filing a Private School Affidavit (See Ed. Code ï¿½ 33190). Home school advocates
apparently assume that, once such a Private School Affidavit is filed, the home-schooled
children are no longer truant under the compulsory education law (Ed. Code ï¿½ 48200). The
Department does not believe that the Legislature intended this result, however, given the
specific statement in section 33190 that the mere filing of an affidavit does not
constitute official approval or endorsement of the school. Moreover, the very narrow
purpose of the affidavit, as related to the Department, is to publish a list of private
schoolswhich we have always interpreted to be a resource for parents use in
selecting a private educational setting for their children. Home schools obviously have no
relation to this purpose.
If home-schooled childreni.e., those receiving instruction in their home exclusively
from a parent who does not have a teaching credentialwere exempted from compulsory
education laws by the mere filing of an affidavit (which cannot be verified beyond the
fact that it has been filed), then there would be potentially thousands of children in
California whose education would not be subject to any supervision whatsoever. Home
schools are not even subject to competition from private schools, where the marketplace
would presumably ensure some level of quality and innovation.
The state does not have any information, beyond the anecdotal, about the quality of
education in home schools in California. If home schools are to be authorized in
California, that change needs to be made clear in the law. If there are conditions that
ought to be placed upon the quality of education being offered in a home school, then that
should be made clear as well. Our laws currently require that a private tutor possess an
appropriate teaching credential, but they say nothing about the qualifications or
resources that a parent needs in order to solely teach an educational curriculum to his or
As I noted to you at the beginning of this letter, the issue of home schooling in our
state deserves careful consideration by the Legislature. I therefore urge you to give this
matter your prompt attention. Californias children deserve no less.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction