U.S. home-school families facing legal harassment but movement still shows growth annually

U.S. home-school families facing legal harassment but movement still shows growth annually

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[NC Register] Expressing support for a German family who recently suffered another setback in their ongoing effort to home-school in their country, U.S. home-schooling parents and leaders say that while they also face concerns, home schooling here continues to grow and gain acceptance.

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In January the European Court of Human Rights ruled that German authorities did not violate the fundamental rights of the Dirk and Petra Wunderlich family when forcibly removing the couple’s four children from their home in 2013 because the family’s home schooling was prohibited by German law. The children were returned to their parents three weeks later.

The German family has faced government challenges to their home schooling since 2006, and at one point left their country to continue the practice. They plan to appeal the January ruling to the Court’s Grand Chamber, though chances for a victory are slim, said Michael Donnelly, senior counsel and director of global outreach at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

Based in Purcellville, Virginia, HSLDA provides legal defense for more than 83,000 members and is one of the organizations providing legal representation to the Wunderlichs.

U.S. Challenges

The Wunderlich case has garnered interest in the United States, where home schooling has gained greater acceptance, Donnelly said. While the case won’t have a direct negative effect in the United States, Donnelly said, “It’s just one of any number of things that could provide fuel to those who want to criticize home schooling and say that it’s something that should be more regulated.”

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