The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXVI
No. 5
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September/October
2010

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Get a GED or Get Fired

A recent homeschool grad was told to get a GED or she would be fired from her library job.

During her last year of high school, Tina (name changed to protect privacy) was employed part-time at a local library. But after she finished high school, turned 18, and transitioned from part-time to full-time, she was told that since she was homeschooled, she must get a GED or she would lose her job. Tina’s parents, members of Home School Legal Defense Association, contacted us for guidance. Her parents knew they were fighting not only for Tina, but also for others who might face a similar situation in the future.

After consulting with HSLDA, Tina’s dad and a family friend met with the library board. Tina’s father explained that Tina should not be required to get a GED since she already had a diploma. He suggested that if the board really wanted to focus on the actual qualifications of applicants, they should develop a test that measured skills actually used on the job. He and his friend encouraged the board to follow the law and allow Tina to keep her job.

The next day Tina was told that she could keep her job without getting a GED, and that she would receive back pay to the time when she should have received the same wage as other high school graduates.

— by Scott A. Woodruff

Snooping Expedition Halted

While her husband was out of the country, Tammy’s (name changed to protect privacy) youngest child had a medical emergency. While Tammy rode in the ambulance to the hospital, a policeman stayed at her house and watched the other children.

But after the medical emergency was over, Tammy discovered that either the policeman or a paramedic had reported her to social services for a messy house.* Although that issue was quickly and easily resolved, the social worker assigned to investigate the report then demanded the name of the family pediatrician.

Tammy, a member of Home School Legal Defense Association, called our office. There was no rational reason for the social worker to demand access to the family’s pediatrician, since the only allegation against the family was in connection with a messy house. There was no allegation that the family was not providing appropriate medical care.

Tammy courteously told the social worker that she was not comfortable granting access to the family’s pediatrician. The family has not heard from the social worker since.

— by Scott A. Woodruff

* See “HSLDA social services contact policy.”