The Home School Court Report
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September / October 2003

Homeschooling around the world

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What can you do?
Competition grows in HSLDA's 2nd essay contest

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by Claire Novak

When words are not enough by Grace Lichlyter

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Standing together: 20 years later

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Lottery scholarship program enacted

With the passage of Senate Bill 437 on June 11, 2003, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation implementing educational scholarships funded from proceeds of the state lottery. There are five scholarships or awards within the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program as follows:

>>HOPE Scholarship
>>General Assembly Merit Scholarship
>>Supplemental Award
>>Access Grant
>>Wilder-Naifeh TechnicalSkills Grant

Homeschool graduates are eligible for these scholarships, although they suffer blatant discrimination in meeting the eligibility requirements for the HOPE Scholarship, which provides $3,000 per year at a four-year college. A student graduating from (1) a Tennessee public school or (2) a private school located in Tennessee and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools must obtain a composite ACT score of at least 19 or a combined SAT score of at least 890. But a student who has completed a Tennessee homeschool program or graduated from an unaccredited private or church-related school must obtain a composite ACT score of at least 23 or a combined SAT score of at least 1060. In response to this disparate treatment, Representative J. Chris Newton (R-22nd District) is sponsoring House Bill 2134 to make the eligibility requirements for all graduates the same as those now established for graduates of public schools and accredited private schools.

More information on the scholarships and awards as currently being administered may be obtained from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.

Dewitt T. Black