On February 28, 2008, in the Rachel L. case, the Second District of the Appeals Court ruled that California parents wishing to homeschool their children must have a valid California teaching credential. There are about 166,000 homeschooled children in California, and the decision was highly unpopular. Yesterday, the court announced it would rehear the case.
It is not unusual for appeals courts to reconsider decisions, and the result is often a minor revision that leaves the original conclusion unchanged. But the three-judge panel in the homeschooling case hinted at a re-evaluation of its entire Feb. 28 ruling by inviting written arguments from state and local education officials and teachers' unions.
The court said it would rehear the case in June. Stand by for developments.