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The HomeSchool Association of California is a nonprofit volunteer-run homeschool organization that:

  • Honors the diversity of homeschoolers

  • Supports the entire spectrum of homeschooling

  • Provides homeschooling information

  • Monitors and influences legislation

  • Offers opportunities for families to get together

  • Provides networking and support for homeschoolers

  • Empowers families to make choices that respect the rights, needs, and aspirations of their children


The HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) is a fully inclusive organization, welcoming homeschoolers of all races and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, gender identities, and abilities.


Harassment or bullying will not be tolerated by HSC. The HSC Board of Directors is committed to providing a safe and civil environment in which all members of the HSC community, including adults, teens, and children, are welcomed with dignity and respect.




The HSC Board of Directors holds business meetings several times per year at various locations around the state. HSC members who would like to schedule a visit to a Board meeting or request to be added to a meeting agenda, please contact us to schedule times, dates, and locations. If you would like to volunteer to host a board meeting at your house, please let us know.





Big Sur, California

May 18-24, 2018

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2018 Conference!
August 9-12 2018
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose

 

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AB 2756


What the Bill Does


On Friday, February 17, 2018, AB 2756 was introduced by Assembly Members Medina, Eggman, and Gonzalez Fletcher. This bill would amend California Education Code Section 33190, the section that requires private schools to file annual affidavits with the California Department of Education, in several ways.


The bill would add "conventional or traditional private schools, private school satellite programs, private online or virtual schools, parents, guardians, or other individuals who operate a private home school, and certified nonpublic nonsectarian schools" to those required to file a PSA (previously was "...every person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation...".


Previously, homeschoolers were simply considered a person running a private school like any other private school. This bill would mean that homeschoolers are separated out and identified in the data collected by the California Department of Education.


Requirements for fire inspections of all private schools have been dropped from the bill.


HSC Position

This bill started as a result of a child abuse case. Be sure to read the following press release by Assembly Member Jose Medina.


The horrific child abuse case in Perris, California raised questions about the lack of oversight of private schools. As homeschooling is included in the state’s definition of private school, we currently have very little information on the nature of private school entities across California. My bill, AB 2756, will tighten up existing law to be inclusive of all private school learning environments and collect more information to achieve a better understanding of the private school landscape in California. I believe it is important to have different education options, such as private schools, to meet each child’s individual needs. However, the state has a responsibility to ensure that each child is in a safe learning environment. AB 2756 will provide the oversight needed to protect students and their rights.

Assembly Bill 2756 has been referred to the Education Committee and to the Governmental Organization Committee. If you would like to contact them, please be sure to first become fully informed by reading HSC's complete statement.

The fire inspections requirements in the bill have been removed. That leaves the data collection component.

Education Committee Members

Governmental Organization Committee Members


HSC opposes this bill because it separates homeschoolers from other private schools. HSC opposes the extra data collection and identification of homeschoolers separately from other private schools because it is clearly a first step toward imposing regulations on homeschoolers. This is unnecessary and will be costly and there is absolutely no evidence that regulation of homeschoolers results in better outcomes in any way. In fact, homeschoolers are fine. They are more successful than students in public schools on every measure. There is no problem and therefore no justification for singling homeschoolers out to impose extra requirements on them. This would end up taking money out of the public schools and thereby eliminating valuable programs.



 

Assembly Bill 2926

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UPDATE APRIL 19, 2018
This bill has been pulled from the Education Committee's agenda. This bill will not be heard on April 25, 2018, and therefore cannot continue this legislative session.
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