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5/19/2004 5:44:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Arizona--Calls needed-Homeschoolers Fight for Equal Treatment in College Admissions

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May 19, 2004


Arizona--Calls needed-Homeschoolers Fight for Equal Treatment in
College Admissions


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

After years of assuring admission to all students, whether from
Arizona public, private or homeschools, the Arizona Board of Regents
(ABOR) has decided to guarantee admission to Arizona universities to
all students except homeschool graduates. Starting in Fall 2006,
Arizona public universities will only assure admission to students who
graduate in the top 25 % of their class. This leaves homeschool
graduates out in the cold because they lack class rank. Fortunately,
many members of the Arizona Legislature expressed concern and as a
result, they are working to pass HB 2369 to remedy ABOR's admission
discrimination.

This bill will be coming up for a vote very soon! The Senate is
expected to vote early next week, and the House a few days later. We
need your help to give this bill the final push needed to ensure
homeschool equality!


ACTION REQUESTED:

Call and e-mail your state Senator and Representatives with the
following message: "Please support fair and equal treatment of all
Arizona students, including homeschool graduates. Pass HB 2369!" If
you do not know who your Senator and Representative are, go to HSLDA's
legislative toolbox ( http://www.hslda.org/toolbox ).


BACKGROUND:

Last year, ABOR approved a new university admission policy that will
go into effect in 2006. The old admission policy assured admission to
traditional students based on SAT/ACT scores or GPA while homeschool
graduates were assured admission based on SAT/ACT score. Under the new
policy, universities must only admit students who rank in the top 25
percent of their graduating class. Because homeschool students lack
class rank, ABOR moved them to a special admission category determined
by each university. This means that a graduate of home education has
no means of assured admission.

Denying only homeschool graduates assured admission is blatant
discrimination against a legal and flourishing education community. In
April 2003, the Center for Arizona Policy and Arizona Families for
Home Education approached ABOR and asked them to create a policy that
assures admission to homeschool graduates. Hundreds of Arizona
homeschool families sent e-mails to ABOR but ABOR denied the request.

In January 2004, homeschool father and state Senator Tim Bee (R-LD 30)
proposed legislation to remedy the discrimination. The bill was held
after the universities and ABOR agreed to find a non-legislative
solution. Once again, homeschool families around Arizona flooded ABOR
with e-mails prior to their April meeting. Once again, ABOR refused to
develop an assured admission policy for homeschool graduates.

Members of the Arizona Legislature quickly reacted by proposing an
amendment to unrelated bill, HB 2369, to require ABOR to develop a
policy that assures "fair and equitable access to Arizona students"
from all different educational backgrounds, including homeschools.


Sincerely,

Bethany Lewis
HSLDA Staff
Center for Arizona Policy




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