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Supreme Court Won't Hear German Home-School Case

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FILE -- In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Uwe Romeike, top left, and his wife Hannelore, second from right, teach their children at their home in Morristown, Tenn. The family fled Germany in order to home-school their children, and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them asylum. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a German family seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home-schooling.

The justices rejected an appeal from Uwe (OO-vuh) and Hannelore Romeike (roh-MEYE-kee), who claim the German government is persecuting them because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The family moved to Morristown, Tenn., in 2008 after facing fines and threats for refusing to send their children to a state-approved school, as required by Germany's compulsory attendance law. They say German laws violate international human rights standards.

Last year, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim. The court found that U.S. law does not grant asylum to every victim of unfair treatment.

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