Michigan’s Teacher Certification Requirement as Applied to Religiously Motivated Home Schools

This Note defends the thesis that the teacher-certification requirement of Michigan’s compulsory attendance statute is unconstitutional as applied to people who, for sincere religious reasons, believe they must teach their children at home. Michigan courts have incorrectly applied a rational-basis test in regulating religiously motivated home schools, rather than the strict scrutiny required by the U.S. Supreme Court for cases involving both the free exercise of religion and parents’ interest in directing their children’s education.