I know this is very last minute but I wanted to post some of the replies I received today from the candidates that are running for Superintended of Public Instruction. Voting for the California Primary Election closes at 8:00 PM today, so if you haven’t voted and you have a heart for home schooling, here are the candidates and their responses to the question: “What is your view on home schooling?”
- Gloria Romero
I couldn’t contact her in my email list because her email address is not published anywhere. I find this a little odd for a state senator but, having exhausted my efforts in trying to located a contact email address, I chose to give up lest I spent my entire day trying to find her email address.
- Lydia Gutierrez
“Thank you for doing the ground work in wanting to support the best person who will fight for your child’s well being.
I fully support homeschooling. Before traditional education, children were taught at home or self-taught, like our most favored President, Abraham Lincoln. I am concern what has been happening around the world of children being forced to go to public school or even families having to flee their country because of fear of being arrested because they homeschooled.
We must fight for parental rights and this is why I supported the ‘Right to Work’ initiative that would not allow unions to use dues for political use without the permission of the member. My union, California Teacherâ€™s Association (CTA) supported the â€˜Noâ€™ vote on Proposition 4. This was wrong; every parent has a right to know what is happening to his or her child at school.
When it comes to educating a child, the best scenario is parents, teachers, and the community are playing an active role in the childâ€™s academic success.”
- Alexia L. Deligianni
“I support a parent’s right to homeschool their child.”
- Leonard J. Martin
Please refer to a previous post of mine detailing Mr. Martin’s response to this question.
- Grant McMicken
No response as of this writing.
- Karen Blake
“I fully support home schooling. I would work to keep the home schooling a viable option for all parents.”
- Daniel M. Nusbaum
“Dear Ms. H., I support and encourage families who privately homeschool their children. As long as the parent(s) have sufficient education, they should be left alone by government to teach their own children. If anything, government could and should do more to support homeschooling parents in their efforts, by providing teaching materials and other educational support requested by parents in order to be the best homeschoolers they can be! If elected I will educate myself to learn as much as I can about the homeschooling movement and the laws pertaining to it in California.” [NOTE: This is from his website. I could not find an email address for Mr. Nusbaum]
- Tom Torlakson
“Thank you for contacting me. I appreciate having an opportunity to respond to questions from voters. I’m glad you took the time to ask on Election Day!
Homeschooling is an option about which many parents feel strongly and want to pursue. So, I support parents’ rights to choose this option for their children. “
- Faarax Dahir Sheikh-Noor
No response as of this writing.
- Henry Williams Jr.
“We homeschooled our children for 12 years in California (San Francisco Bay Area). I will see to it that parents have the full freedom to home educate their children.
Sending you my Candidate Statement attachment with important media links.
Just loaded this MUST WATCH YouTube video
See: Queering the Schools
In addition, I am highly recommending that Californians vote for Ken Miller as our next governor. Here are 2 of his media links.
Please feel free to forward this information to your circles of influence to help them decide on what is best for their families.”
- Diane A. Lenning
“Hi Robert, I support â€œfree choiceâ€ in education which includes home schooling. My nephew was home schooled and got a quality education. It is important for parents and students to have choices in education.”
- Larry Aceves
“Larry believes that homeschooling is a parent’s right and if a parent chooses to home-school their child, he would support that decision.
I hope that this helps to answer your question. If not, please let us know.”
If I get more responses I will post them as they come. Again, sorry for the late posting.