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November / December 2003

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Discriminationin college admission

Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted a member family whose daughter was being subjected to unfair discrimination in her efforts to gain admission to the University of Alaska-Anchorage. University policy required that the homeschool be accredited through a regional accrediting agency or an accredited high school. Otherwise, the homeschool graduate was required to take an ability-to-benefit test designed for students who could not produce a high school transcript. Not only did this applicant produce a high school transcript, but she also achieved a score of 1030 on the SAT and 20 on the ACT.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black contacted the admissions officer at the university and pointed out that this applicant had completed a four-year high school course in accordance with the provisions of Alaska's homeschool law. Black explained that it would be entirely inappropriate for the student to be required to go through the ability-to-benefit process designed for high school dropouts, not students who have successfully completed a high school curriculum. He also pointed out that it is incumbent upon state officials not to devise or permit any policies that unfairly discriminate against educational options to which state law gives equal standing. As a result, the university agreed to admit our member family's daughter as a regular high school graduate.

Dewitt T. Black