German Home School Appeal Rejected by Strasbourg Court

A German couple that refused to send their children to school have had their appeal rejected by the European Court of Human Rights. In 2012, the German State Education Authority found that the couple was "refusing to send their children to school, thereby endangering the children’s best interests as they were growing up in a ‘parallel world." It removed some of the parents' rights and the couple sued, claiming a violation of their "right to respect for family life under Article 8." The court ruled that "there were ‘relevant and sufficient’ reasons" to remove some of the parents' rights.