by Moody Adams

A California judge has overturned the appeal courts ruling that parents had no right to homeschool their children in the state.

The past ruling in the Rachel L. implied that parents could be liable for civil and criminal penalties simply for teaching their own children at home.

An estimated 166,000 children are being homeschooled in California. Their parents and advocates expressed concern that the court's original ruling would leave parents who educate their children at home open to criminal truancy charges and civil charges for child neglect.

The appeal court's first ruling ruled that "keeping the children at home deprived them of situations where (1) they could interact with people outside the family, (2) there are people who could provide help if something is amiss in the children's lives, and (3) they could develop emotionally in a broader world than the parents' 'cloistered' setting."

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, representing the L. children in the case said, "We are still digesting the full impact of this ruling, but it is a major development which should, for all practical purposes, end this case."

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