House Bill 487: K-12 Education Budget

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Last Updated: June 6, 2014
House Bill 487: K-12 Education Budget
Sponsors:
Representative Brenner, Representative Anielski, Representative Grossman, Representative Henne, Representative Stebelton, Representative Terhar, Representative Batchelder
Summary:

There is a proposed amendment (Amendment 2737X1: Equivalent Diplomas for Homeschooled Students) in Sub. House Bill 487 (Midyear Budget Review) which would include language that would prevent companies and colleges from blaming state law for their discrimination against homeschool graduates. The amendment clarifies that colleges and employers in Ohio must treat a homeschool diploma as legitimate and clarifies that state law does not permit discrimination just because a person was homeschooled.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.

The amendment clarified that colleges and employers in Ohio must treat a homeschool diploma as legitimate. They can still have their own admission and hiring policies, but this amendment would clarify that state law does not permit discrimination just because a person was homeschooled.

Action Requested:

As your legislators return to your district to campaign please continue to contact them and let them know that homeschool discrimination is an important voting issue for your family. Encourage them to support legislation that would stop employers and colleges from using state law as an excuse to discriminate against homeschool graduates.

Although Amendment 2737X1 was not included as part of HB 487, HSLDA continues to work with CHEO to encourage similar language be passed by the legislature. If you or someone you know encounters discrimination on the basis of their homeschooling please contact us.

Status:
3/18/2014 (House) Introduced and Referred to the Education Committee
4/3/2014 (House) Reported by Education Committee to House Floor
4/9/2014 (House) Passed Third Consideration
4/10/2014 (Senate) Introduced in Senate
6/04/2014 (Senate) Bill passed without diploma equivalency language
Background:

You have probably heard the story about how NiSource, a large company, hired a qualified graduate but then revoked the offer after they found out he was homeschooled. This case is just the tip of the iceberg, and we need you immediate help to pass legislation that will stop this kind of discrimination.

Ohio law already recognizes homeschooling as a legal and valid means of education. The Ohio Court of Appeals has called homeschooling the equivalent of an accredited education. But private and state-owned colleges and universities continue to create obstacles for homeschool graduates. And while private companies should be able to hire who they want, they should not be allowed to blame state law as a reason for not hiring homeschool graduates. That isn’t true and the legislature should clarify the law.

HSDLA and CHEO proposed legislation would clarify that colleges and employers in Ohio must treat a homeschool diploma as legitimate as the law already recognizes that it is. Institutions and companies can have their own admission and hiring policies, but would not be able to say that state law permits discrimination on the basis of homeschooling.

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