The Home School Court Report
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January / February 2005

State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

From the heart

2004 in review

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Members only
About campus
President's page


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




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College breakthrough

In September 2004, Home School Legal Defense Association, Loving Education at Home (LEAH), and thousands of homeschool families in New York got a hard-earned breakthrough in college admissions!

For the last two years, homeschool students have faced discrimination when applying for admission to or attempting to graduate from New York state colleges and universities. A memo from the state education department had revived a dormant state board of regents rule that required all college students to have a recognized high school diploma. In many cases this meant that homeschoolers were required to take the general educational development test, an exam designed for high school dropouts.

After receiving thousands of calls and letters in opposition to this rule, the board of regents amended it to remove the discriminatory barriers, providing different options allowing homeschoolers to demonstrate satisfactory evidence of their preliminary (high school) education.

Once homeschoolers enter college, they can meet one of several options to graduate from college including: 1) completing the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course, as certified by the superintendent or other school district official; 2) completing 18 semester hours or the equivalent (such as CLEP credit) in specific subjects (which are required for nearly all students anyway) and six more credits in the student's major; or 3) passing the New York State Regents Exams in English, Mathematics, United States History and Government, Science, and Global History and Geography.

HSLDA is currently assisting the New York State Department of Education in drafting guidelines for implementation of the amended rule. For more information, see "Breakthrough for Homeschoolers Seeking Admission to New York Colleges!".

— by Thomas J. Schmidt