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3/26/2003 3:51:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Your Calls Needed to End College Admission Discrimination

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March 26, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On March 24 2003, the Texas House Higher Education Committee had a
hearing on House Bill 944. The hearing included testimony in support
of the bill. The Higher Education Committee will be voting on the
whether or not to pass the bill favorably early next week.

In the meantime, we need you to call and show our support for the
bill in order to ensure its passage.

REQUESTED ACTION

Between March 26 and April 2, call as many members of the Higher
Education Committee and give them the following message in your own
words.

"Please vote in favor of H.B. 944. It will end the discrimination of
state universities against qualified home school graduates."

Chair: Rep. Geanie Morrison, (512) 463-0456
Vice-Chair: Rep. Irma Rangel, (512) 463-0666
Rep. Fred Brown, (512) 463-0698
Rep. Norma Chavez, (512) 463-0622
Rep. Helen Giddings, (512) 463-0953
Rep. Jesse Jones, (512) 463-0664
Rep. Ken Mercer, (512) 463-0269
Rep. Joe Nixon, (512) 463-0514
Rep. John T. Smithee, (512) 463-0702

BACKGROUND

For years, some Texas universities have held homeschool graduates to
a different and more difficult standard than others. The most
frequently used discriminatory practice is to require homeschool
graduates to have significantly higher test scores than other
students.

Although we have been successful in changing the college admission
policies at the federal level, some states and individual
universities still have policies discriminating against homeschoolers
seeking college admission.

House Bill 944, introduced by Representative Phil King, requires
colleges and universities to admit graduates of a homeschool program
according to the same standards that are applied to graduates from a
public high school programs.

HSLDA strongly supports H.B. 944 as it codifies the recommendations
we have made to the Federal Department of Education. In passing the
federal Higher Education Act, Congress indicated that the admissions
standards for graduates of homeschool programs should be equal to
standards for public school graduates and that extra requirements
(for example the GED, higher SAT scores, or SAT II tests) are
discriminatory.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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