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May 29, 2003

House Bill 944: Ending College Admission Discrimination of Homeschoolers

Sponsor:
Representative Phil King

Summary:
This bill requires colleges and universities to admit graduates of a homeschool program according to the same standards that are applied to graduates from a public high school program.

Status:
02/13/2003 INTRODUCED.
02/19/2003 To HOUSE Committee on HIGHER EDUCATION.
03/31/2003 Reported Favorably w/o Amendment
04/10/2003 Placed on General State Calendar
04/14/2003 Passed the HOUSE
04/22/2003 Read first time in SENATE
04/22/2003 Referred to Education Committee
05/22/2003 Reported favorably as substituted
05/27/2003 Placed on local & uncontested calendar
05/28/2003 Passed SENATE

Action Requested:
No action is needed.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.B. 944.

Background:
For years, some Texas universities have held homeschool graduates to a different and more difficult standard than others. The most frequently used discriminatory practice is to require homeschool graduates to have significantly higher test scores than other students.

Although we have been successful in changing the college admission policies at the federal level, some states and individual universities still have policies discriminating against homeschoolers seeking college admission.

House Bill 944, introduced by Representative Phil King, requires colleges and universities to admit graduates of a homeschool program according to the same standards that are applied to graduates from a public high school programs.

HSLDA strongly supports H.B. 944 as it codifies the recommendations we have made to the Federal Department of Education. In passing the federal Higher Education Act, Congress indicated that the admissions standards for graduates of homeschool programs should be equal to standards for public school graduates and that extra requirements (for example the GED, higher SAT scores, or SAT II tests) are discriminatory.

HSLDA was able to work with Representative King's office to address our concern with his use of the phrase "home school." During the floor vote, Representative King removed the undefined term "home school" and added our language "private school in the home" into the bill. The amendment was passed. This will keep homeschooling safe under the Texas Supreme Court's interpretation of homeschools as having the legal status of a private school in Texas.

 Other Resources

6/10/2003 - Texas--Legislature Now Closed for 2003

5/28/2003 - Texas--Bill Ending College Discrimination Against Homeschoolers Passes Senate

5/26/2003 - Texas--H.B. 944 Passes out of Committee

5/15/2003 - Texas H.B. 944 In Senate - Calls Needed

Homeschool College Admisisons Bill Moves To Texas Senate

4/22/2003 - Texas--Amended Homeschool College Admissions Bill Passes House

3/27/2003 - Maine--Bill to End New Unfair Sports Policy Set for Hearing

3/11/2003 - Texas--Legislative Update: Partial Victory in Homeschool Registration Battle

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