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05-26-2010, 12:00 PM
Hello all,

Here in California we have an election coming up.

In the election of a new Superintendent of Public Instruction, to my dismay, I see 12 candidates listed!!!

I am aware of one candidate's stance on Homeschooling (Leonard Martin, who supports homeschooling but only for VERY legtimate reasons) and another candidate who's endorsed by a former Superintendent who voiced strong opposition to home schooling (Tom Torlakson is the candidate endorsed by the former Superintendent Delaine Eastin).

We should always be aware of a candidate's view on homeschooling, especially when such an important position is to be filled.

To all of you California Secular homeschoolers, do you have any information or links that shed the light on such candidates?

Best to all.

Mark from So. Cal.

05-26-2010, 06:42 PM
I have cut and pasted this from an e-mail of one of the CA HS organizations. I've seen it in quite a few places, so I think I' o.k. here. There's responses from several of the canidates.

"Also from Michelle Huele, some of the early responses she got from the
candidates (reposted with her permission):


Karen Blake "I fully support home schooling." 5/20/2010

____________ _________ _________ __

"I believe home schooling is the right of a parent. I believe some parents
do the job well, while others do not. If you chose to home school your
children through the K-12 years or to only do it through a certain grade
level, I hope you do the job well enough to allow your children to continue
their education and work well with other members of the community with whom
they will be associating. "

Grant McMicken
Candidate for SSPI
(916) 792-5970

____________ _________ _________ __

Home schooling's appropriate for children who have special difficulties that
make it impossible for them to participate in traditional schooling. But
under California law, a parent has the right to home school provided the
parent is qualified to offer instruction. Personally, I believe nearly all
kids would benefit more from being in traditional schools. Many parents home
school for religious reasons, because they still hold outdated views on race
or ethnicity, or for what they consider to be moral reasons. Since we have
provisions for students to attend a school outside of their local community
when there are legitimate reasons to do so, home schooling as an alternative
to "unsafe" campuses is hardly a legitimate alternative. For the most part -
overwhelmingly - the public schools of California are not only safe but are
providing a high quality education. Yucca Valley should be no exception. If
it is, as Superintendent I would like to hear the

There has also been a tremendous amount of fraud connected with home
schooling. Corporate organizations have sprung up to drain precious
taxpayer dollars from the state budget to "supervise" home schooling. That
has been to the detriment of those children, who by necessity, must be home

My advice? Send the kids to a traditional public school.
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Best Regards,
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From Henry Williams Jr.
Hi Michelle,

My wife and I homeschooled in the Bay Area for 12 years. We intimately
understand why parents homeschool their children. I will see to it that
homeschoolers are protected while in office.

Sending you an attachment so you have a better idea of our campaign. Take
time to view the links too.

Thanks for asking--


The rest of the post had contact information for the rest of the canidates, if you are interested.

05-26-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks for posting this, I have a couple of friends in CA that need to see this;)