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  • 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


March 9, 2015

Attention California parents, lawmakers, and other interested parties:

It has recently come to my attention, in the course of my duty as an attorney member of the HomeSchool Association of California’s legal team, that there is some confusion being spread as to the status of homeschooling in California.

See the entire letter here.

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Assembly Bill 713 would require one year of kindergarten prior to entering 1st grade in public school. It does not change the compulsory education law and would not impact homeschooling options.

AB 713 is a duplicate of a previous bill (AB1444) which passed both the state Assembly and Senate and was vetoed by the governor.

AB 713 was approved by the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, July 8th and referred to the Appropriations Committee. If it passes that committee, it will be voted on by the Senate. If it passes the Senate, it will go to the Governor to be signed into law or vetoed. Governor Brown vetoed a previous version of this same bill.

HSC opposes making kindergarten mandatory as it would require homeschooling to begin a year earlier than now just in case a child was to go to public school for 1st grade.  

Read HSC's more in-depth analysis by attorney Debbie Schwarzer.

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