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• A federal district court in New York ruled that a state law governing "homeschooling" did not violate the constitutional right of fundamentalist Christian parents to the free exercise of their religion. The law in question requires that educational services provided to a minor "elsewhere than at a public school shall be at least substantially equivalent to the instruction given to minors of like age and attainments at the public schools." The law also requires that homeschooling be conducted by "competent" instructors, and calls for periodic standardized testing and the approval of a homeschool's curriculum and textbooks. Visits of homes in which homeschooling occurs is also mandated. A group of parents challenged the law, contending that the state "did not have jurisdiction" over their children's education. In particular, the parents maintained that their religious beliefs compelled ...

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  • January 2, 1989