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4/24/2003 1:41:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--College Admission Policy Changes May Hurt Homeschooled Graduates

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April 24, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Arizona Board of Regents, which governs Arizona's public colleges
and universities, is considering a policy change that would affect
homeschoolers. While the motive for this change is good, and the
Board of Regents has no specific desire to hurt homeschoolers, the
effect of the change would be to hurt many successful homeschool
graduates. We need your help to keep the admissions policy fair for
Arizona homeschoolers.

The Board of Regents' proposed change is to eliminate Arizona's
current practice of guaranteeing admission to students who score
above 1,040 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT (the two main college
entrance exams). Instead, the Board of Regents proposes to accept the
top twenty-five percent of each graduating class from an accredited
public or private school. Students in the next twenty-five percent of
each graduating class would not be guaranteed admission, but would be
admitted on a case-by-case basis. Homeschoolers would be placed into
this lower category.

Bethany Lewis, Legislative Analyst for the Center for Arizona Policy,
has done an excellent job of tracking this proposed change and is
working with members of the Board of Regents to propose a homeschool-
friendly amendment. The proposed Center for Arizona Policy amendment
to Policy 2-101 and Policy 2-102 would keep guaranteed admissions for
homeschoolers who score above 1,110 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT.
These are higher test scores than are currently required. But
according to the Center for Arizona Policy, the higher test score
requirement would be consistent with the Regent's expressed desire to
raise admission standards. While HSLDA has some concern about raising
test score requirements for homeschoolers while lowering them for
many other students across the state, we support the proposed CAP
amendment.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please email the Arizona Board of Regents at jgarza@asu.ed to urge
them to protect homeschoolers. Politely let them know that you
support the proposed Center for Arizona Policy Amendment to Policy 2-
101 and Policy 2-102. Explain that homeschool graduates should have
the same opportunity for automatic admission as other high school
graduates.

2. Please forward this email to other friends of home education. All
Arizona voters have a stake in making sure that successful homeschool
graduates get into Arizona's college and university system.

BACKGROUND

HSLDA objects to a system where public school students are guaranteed
admission but homeschoolers are not. Arizona's move to adopt this new
system was not intended to hurt homeschoolers, but will do so unless
changes are made. HSLDA would prefer a system in which homeschoolers
are guaranteed admissions as long as their SAT or ACT scores meet or
exceed the "cut score" in their own district. We are continuing to
work with all the parties involved to insure an equitable result for
homeschool students seeking college admission.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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