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Homeschool Teacher Requirement Unconstitutional, Court Rules

Michigan law required homeschoolers to have state certified teachers.

Key point. Parents who choose to educate their children at home on the basis of their religious beliefs may be required to comply with requirements imposed by state law, but only if those requirements are supported by a compelling governmental interest and constitute the least restrictive means of accomplishing that purpose.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a state law requiring parents who educate their children at home to use state certified teachers violated the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom. A couple was prosecuted and convicted for educating their children at home in violation of a state law mandating that homeschoolers use state certified teachers. The couple chose to educate their children themselves as a result of their desire to provide them with a "Christ—centered education." They appealed their conviction to the state supreme court which ruled ...

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  • March 1, 1996

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