The Romeike family is facing deportation. The family fled to the United States from Germany in 2010 seeking political asylum. Homeschooling in German is illegal except in very extenuating circumstances. WND Education reported on March 20, 2013, that talk-show radio host Glenn Beck is donating $50,000 to help the Romeike fight their deportation battle.
The family is being represented by Mike Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA.) Although Ewe and Hannelore Romeike and their family were awarded political asylum in 2010, just three months later the Obama administration changed their mind and started procedures to deport them.
The Romeikes have already faced stiff fines in Germany for homeschooling. They now live in Tennessee where Ewe Romeike teaches piano lessons to support his family. If the family is forced to return to Germany, the Romeikes may lose custody of their children if they continue to homeschool.
This case is more important than just one family wanting to homeschool. Glenn Beck gets it right when he says this is a threat to all American homeschoolers.The Romeike family feels that the German public schools teach subjects that go against their Evangelical Christian beliefs. They came to America seeking religious freedom. An Examiner article published earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General says homeschooling is not a fundamental right, highlights the reason this case is so important to all homeschoolers—no matter what their religion.
Mike Farris told WDN Education that “We were stunned and humbled by his generosity…It’s just huge,” when he found out about the donation
Is the Obama administration against homeschooling? Those following the case seem to think so. What do you think--leave a comment below.
Lynda Altman has homeschooled her 4 children over the last 15 years and has 2 children in homeschool. She believes that homeschooling is a parent’s G-d given right. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.