The California Assembly has defeated a bill that would have greatly increased the state's control over homeschooling families. The bill, AB2756, was proposed as a reaction to what was discovered in the Turpin household in California, where 13 children, seven of them now adults, were held hostage in horrendously unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
The justification for the bill, the Turpin house of horrors, was not sufficient to demand a law like this, opponents claimed. Committee member Kevin Kiley stated, “That is an extreme outlier case. Any data set will have extreme outlier cases.”
Thousands of homeschooling families traveled from across the state to the capitol in protest of this bill.
Nearly 1,000 people spoke against the bill, including Assemblyman Travis Allen, who stated “AB 2756 is absolutely wrong. It must fail. It must fail today. California’s parents and children have the right to the very best education this state can possibly provide.”
The bill's requirements were so onerous, including mandatory fire inspections, that it drew a wide range of opposition.
Initially, the bill tried to mandate fire inspections of all homeschooling families (which, not surprisingly, firefighters rejected). Then the proposal was amended—this time to force homeschooling families to give out private information about the names and address of homeschooling families.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, cheered the outpouring of parents from around the state. “All is not lost in California,” he said. “When we stand together, we can still make a difference.”