Hattip to Gates of Vienna
Time says about 200,000 children are home-schooled in California, while The San Francisco Chronicle gives the figure as 166,000. Neither source mentions where they got their figures, but I can tell you from experience with other parents that at least three times that number are flying under the radar.
Parents are simply not reporting their children to their school district. Unlike others, these non-reporters do not trust the state authorities to protect their children in a public school environment and trust even less the arbitrary nature of the law when it comes to the treatment of children.
This past week a California appeals court ruling proved the distrust of the scofflaws to be correct:
A California appeals court ruling clamping down on homeschooling by parents without teaching credentials
sent shock waves across the state this week, leaving an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants and their parents at risk of prosecution.