by Mike Smith, HSLDA
A bill introduced in the California General Assembly earlier in February could have a significant impact on homeschooling in the state—and across the nation.
The authors of Assembly Bill 2756 assert that the proposed law is intended to protect children by mandating annual fire inspections of all institutions that file an annual private school affidavit. This would include private schools with fewer than six students—which are currently exempt from fire code inspections.
Why are they exempt? Because these are private homes where children are homeschooled, and private homes should not be subject to fire inspections.
AB 2756 removes this exemption, in an attempt to give raw power to state officials to enter private homes of homeschoolers to “look around” to make sure the children are safe from abuse and neglect. In reality, this bill is not about fire inspections; it is a misguided reaction to the Turpin child abuse case in Perris, California.
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