Supreme Court orders Obama admin to respond to home schooling petition
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the Obama
administration to respond to a petition by the Home School Legal Defense Association
to hear an appeal in the Romeikes deportation case.
The Obama administration has sought to deport the Romeikes, a German family that
fled from to the United States to protect their right to homeschool. If they had
stayed in Germany, they risked fines or having their children taken from them, as
recently happened with another homeschooling family in Germany.
An appeals court agreed with the administration, which argued that the freedom to
determine the education of one’s children is not a fundamental right. The
administration also agreed with a German court’s argument that banning
homeschooling teaches tolerance of diverse views. HSLDA petitioned the Supreme
Court to review that appeals court decision in Romeike v. Holder.
The fact that the Supreme Court wants the administration to weigh in on the petition
increases the likelihood that it will hear the case, but it is no guarantee.
“We are pleased by the Court’s interest in the issues we have presented in our
petition,” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris wrote in an email to HSLDA supporters.
“Romeike v. Holder gives the Court an opportunity to address important religious
freedom and human rights issues. We hope that after due consideration of the
government’s brief they will agree to hear our case.”