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3/8/2004 10:03:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Homeschool Graduate's License in the Balance

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March 8, 2004


New Jersey--Homeschool Graduate's License in the Balance

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The New Jersey Cosmetology Board could be poised to refuse to allow
homeschool graduate Laura Byrne to take the cosmetology examination
that is necessary for a license.

The Board may make its final decision tomorrow. Many statements from
the Board's executive director, Richard Griswold, suggest the Board
may claim Laura has not "successfully completed high school or the
equivalent," which is required for licensure. Her parents, however,
have provided the Board with a copy of Laura's diploma and her high
school transcript.

Laura needs our help.


Action Requested:

Please call all the members of the Board at (973) 504- 6400. Please
be courteous. Your message may be as simple as:

"Laura Byrne has successfully completed high school in a homeschool
setting. Homeschooling is the legal equivalent of public or private
school. Hundreds of colleges and professions have accepted
homeschool graduates without requiring a GED. A GED tells the world
that you did not finish high school. There is no just reason to deny
Laura her right to take the cosmetology exam."

The Board members are:

Ms. Kathleen M. Alexander,
Ms. Patricia Graffin,
Mrs. Frances Gray,
Mr. Peter Macri,
Mr. Carlo Melini,
Mrs. Rose Policastro,
Mr. Joseph Santagata,
Mr. Ronald J. Brown,
Ms. Elaine C. Haroldson, and
Ms. Lynn Rasiewicz

The Board meeting is open to the public. You may wish to attend the
meeting to support Laura, especially if you live nearby. The meeting
will be in the Hudson Room, 124 Halsey Street, Newark, at 9:30 AM


Background:

New Jersey law requires "successful completion of high school or its
equivalent" in order to be licensed as a cosmetologist. The law does
not require that the high school be accredited nor does it
specifically require that a diploma be issued. Laura has submitted a
complete high school transcript showing that she has successfully
completed high school.

New Jersey law requires a child to attend public school or private
school or "receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school."
By saying this, New Jersey law is allowing for the completion of a
high school program outside public and private school. "Equivalent
instruction" in the compulsory attendance statute means the same
thing as "equivalent" in the cosmetology law.

The dentistry and chiropractor boards accept a homeschool diploma as
evidence of successful completion of high school. It defies logic
for the cosmetology board to reject Laura when her diploma would
satisfy the requirement to be a dentist or chiropractor.

Homeschool students have been admitted to the most prestigious
colleges in the country based on their diplomas. Homeschool students
qualify for federal financial aid in college based on their diplomas.

The Board has previously said they will allow Laura to take the
cosmetology test if she obtains her GED. A GED tells the world that
you did not finish high school. Laura should not be forced to take
the GED.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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