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3/11/2004 6:35:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Help Stop State College Discrimination of Homeschool Students!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 11, 2004

New York--Help Stop State College Discrimination of Homeschool

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Homeschoolers in New York are still having trouble with the college
system. Many honor students currently in college are being told they
cannot graduate without a GED. We have filed a lawsuit on behalf of
one of these students.

Other families are receiving letters from their school district
refusing to acknowledge that their homeschool program is equivalent--
so the homeschool student cannot be admitted to college under that

One homeschooled student with cancer, who is fulfilling all her
college requirements, is being told she can't graduate without a GED.

Do you want your child to have the option of attending college in New
York someday? Do you want a homeschool diploma to mean something?

If your answers are yes then we need you to continue to contact the
Board of Regents again in order to stop the unnecessary
discrimination against homeschool graduates seeking admission to
colleges in New York.

New York is only one of three states in the country that is faced
with statewide discrimination against homeschoolers seeking college

HSLDA and LEAH have been working with the State Education Department
to propose new regulations. Unfortunately, they have rejected our
suggestions in their new proposal. It is just more of the same
discrimination. Please write and call before March 22nd so your
voices can be heard before the Board of Regents have their monthly

Let's stop this discrimination by informing the Board of Regents, who
govern the college system in New York, and ask them to reject the
SED's proposal.

Requested Action

Please contact your Board of Regent and at-large members and deliver
this message:

"Please reject the proposed regulations of the State Education
Department regarding homeschool college admission. These proposed
regulations change nothing and can only make the situation worse. It
goes one step further by requiring the superintendents' approval for
homeschooled high school students to even take courses at their local
community college as part of their high school program. Such
approval is not currently required and would seriously and adversely
impact the high school options for many homeschoolers.

The proposed regulations discriminate against students with
homeschool diplomas to obtain a GED. A GED carries the stigma of a
drop out; homeschool graduates are high school graduates.

Instead adopt new regulations based on SAT or ACT scores and proof of
graduation with a self-certified transcript and diploma as recognized
by the federal government. Work with the Home School Legal Defense
Association and LEAH, the state homeschool association to create
regulations that will not discriminate against homeschoolers."

Please copy all letters to:
Mr. Joseph Frey
Office of Quality Assurance
New York SED
Room 977, Education Building Annex
Albany, NY 12234

Write and call the Board of Regents below:

Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua,
Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming
201 Millwood Lane
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 694-6783

Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice Chancellor - At Large
New York State Education Department
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1580
Phone: (718) 722-2796

Diane O'Neill McGivern - Kings and Richmond
95 West Entry Road, Country Club Grounds
Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: (718) 667-6334

Saul B. Cohen - At Large
82 Taymil Road
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone: (914) 633-7889

James C. Dawson - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton,
Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and
2 Birchwood Drive
Peru, NY 12972
Phone: (518) 643-9289

Robert M. Johnson - Nassau and Suffolk
2 Skunk Hollow Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (212) 229-7200

Anthony S. Bottar - Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and
407 South Warren Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 422-3466

Merryl H. Tisch - At Large
9 East 79th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021
Phone: (212) 879-9414

Geraldine Chapey, - Queens
107-10 Shore Front Parkway, Apt. 9C
Belle Harbor, NY 11694
Phone: (718) 634-8471

Arnold B. Gardner - At Large
120 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: (716) 845-6000

Harry Phillips III - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and
71 Hawthorne Way
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Phone: (914) 948-2228

Joseph E. Bowman, Jr.- Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer,
Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster
ED 124, School of Education, University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-4987

Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez - Bronx
130 William Street, 9th Floor
Manhattan, N.Y. 10038
Phone (212) 233-8955

Dr. John Bardemas Judicial District I - New York
Recently appointed so address is unknown at this time. Check or call the Board of Regents'
main number at (518) 474-5889 for the latest information.

James R. Tallon, Jr - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware,
Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins
United Hospital Fund, Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, N.Y. 10118-0110
Phone (212) 494-0777

Milton L. Cofield - Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca,
Steuben, Wayne, Yates
98 Hickory Ridge Road
Rochester, N.Y. 14625
Phone (585) 248-8494


Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, homeschoolers are experiencing
an increase in discrimination due to the implementation of a
previously dormant New York State Education Department policy. This
policy is preventing colleges from recognizing a 9-12 grade
homeschool education as being sufficient to enroll in either a State
University of New York or community college.

We are working with New York's Loving Education At Home (LEAH) at
three levels:

1) Litigation: the Owens case to help those students already in

2) Legislation: we drafted legislation which was recently introduced
as Senate Bill 6094 by Senator Robach to change this discriminatory
policy. For more information on this bill, see

3) Convince the Board of Regents by grassroots pressure to
voluntarily change their regulations and write up new favorable
regulations patterned after Senator Robach's bill. We have met with
the Deputy Commissioner of Education and others to inform them of the
current discrimination against homeschoolers. They have made promises
to include our changes in their proposal to the Board of Regents to
end the discrimination but did not. For more information, see

Your calls will show the Board of Regents of the immediate need to
end the discrimination against homeschoolers.

State universities and community colleges in New York should be open
to all students. Thanks for standing with us for freedom!


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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