|The Romeike Family|
The case involves a family of eight from Germany. The Romeikes sought political asylum here in the US in 2008. They were accepted and granted refugee status because their decision to homeschool their children in their native Germany was met with fines and the possible loss of parental rights. Now the administration has overturned its decision stating that the fact that the Romeikes cannot educate their children in the way they see fit is not proper cause for asylum. As Michael Farris, an attorney who is helping argue their case states: "The Attorney General of the United States thinks that a law that bans homeschooling entirely violates no fundamental liberties." This is alarming on many levels and could signal an intent for further government regulation of home schoolers.
So, it's time to make your voices heard. There is a White House petition that you can sign, asking that the Romeikes be granted permanent legal status. The petition is nearly at 100,000 signatures and that's excellent, but there are an estimated 2-3 million home educators in America, so let's get the word out and let them know we are out here!
If you would like to read further, here are some helpful articles:
The Washington Times
Article by Michael Farris, founder of HSLDA
White House Petition