College Drops GED Requirement
A central Missouri young man who had been home schooled most of his life decided to go to college at the Art Institute of Phoenix (AIP). AIP was very pleased with his credentials, but at the last moment told the family that the young man would not be admitted unless he took the General Educational Development (GED) examination. After several telephone calls and letters from Home School Legal Defense Association and persistent work by this member family, AIP dropped the GED requirement and admitted the young man.
Rolla Public Schools Apologizes
Rolla Public Schools mailed letters to many home school families, asking them to fill out a Notification of Intent to Continue with Home Schooling. The district asked the families to supply the names and dates of birth of all their school-age children and to provide notice that they were home schooling. This unauthorized request met with swift opposition from area home school leaders and HSLDA. In the process, Rolla Superintendent Dr. Larry E. Ewing realized that his request for a notification of intent was based on an erroneous understanding of state law and directives from the state department of education.
After the matter was fully explained to Dr. Ewing, he issued a courteous apology to all home school families who had received the letter and offered to allow families to withdraw information they had previously submitted, if desired. Scott A. Woodruff