Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Having Their Day In Court

There are two court cases I have been watching, here are some updates.

Abraham Cherrix and his battle with cancer and the court.

The Cherrix family is due back in court for a completely new trial in the case involving there 16 year old son, Abraham. Abraham was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last year. After undergoing the conventional treament with chemotherapy, the cancer returned. Abraham refused a second round of chemotherapy and instead chose alternative methods. The parents support their son's decision. However, the state has intervened. Initially, the juvenile court determined that the parents were negligent and ordered Abraham to undergo a second round of chemotherapy. A second judge, in the circuit court, stayed the order pending a new trial. According the the family's website, that trial is scheduled to begin tomorrow, August 16. Whichever way the verdict goes, both sides are planning an appeal. Stay tuned.

Calvary Chapel Christian School -vs- University of California

In a case that I first blogged about here and here, and could impact homeschoolers, Calvary Chapel Christian School realized a small victory when a judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging discrimination in admissions.
The debate centers on the three classes offered at Calvary Chapel Christian School that UC officials have refused to certify for admissions credit. High school students who want to attend a UC campus must complete a sequence of UC -approved college-preparatory courses.
The university claims they retain the right to refuse courses if they don't meet their required benchmarks for academic rigor. Calvary Chapel alleges that they are refusing to certify them based on their religious content and that the courses are very strong academically. In the judge's opinion regarding the refusal to dismiss,
The judge wrote that, if in fact if the UC system rejected Calvary's courses based solely because of the religious viewpoints expressed in the applications, "such action would run afoul of the limits of the defendants' freedom to determine its admission policies."
The courses in question are from popular publishers Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Book. Both publishers are widely used among homeschoolers. If the UC admissions is allowed to refuse these courses, the impact will also be felt by homeschoolers who use this curriculum or any other curricula with religious content. Further, with all the talk of the federal government setting standards in higher education, this case could have implications in other university systems as well.

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