To the disappointment of many home-schooling supporters, the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment today (March 3, 2014) to hear the case of a German family seeking asylum in the U.S. because they cannot teach their children at home in Germany, the Washington Times website reports.
The leader of a home-school advocacy group said that while "normal" legal battles are exhausted, he and others would seek other avenues to support Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their six children.
"We will pursue changes to the asylum law in this country to ensure that religious freedom is once again vigorously protected in our policy," said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which has been representing the family.
The devoutly Christian Romeikes came to the U.S. in 2008 amid fears that by not sending the five children they had at that time to state-approved schools in Germany, they would be forced to pay substantial fines and even lose custody of their children. Home-schooling is illegal in Germany.