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11/30/2006 4:53:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio: Education Bills--So Far So Good

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

November 30, 2006

HSLDA: Ohio Education Bills--So Far So Good

Dear Ohio HSLDA members and friends,

Ohio legislation House Bill 565 and Senate Bill 311 is presently
before the Ohio Legislature. Also known as the "Ohio Core Curriculum
Act," these bills would restructure state university admission
requirements and thereby affect high school graduation requirements.
This legislation is a priority for Governor Bob Taft and legislative
leadership, and is expected to receive a vote in both chambers before
the end of December.

When passed, the law would affect every student in the State of Ohio
regarding their post-secondary choices by requiring that students who
are admitted to Ohio state colleges and universities complete the new
"Core Curriculum." As the bill is currently written, students who are
homeschooled or attend non-chartered, non-tax supported schools would
be exempt.

It is our expectation that this exemption will be approved, but we ask
that you remain alert and be prepared to take action if the currently
proposed language should change.

Because this legislation contemplates additional enabling legislation
and regulatory changes we will maintain ongoing vigilance to ensure
that home-educated and non-chartered, non-tax supported schools will
not be adversely affected.

These bills, when passed, will, among other things:

1) Establish the "Ohio Core"--a set of high school graduation
requirements and a minimum curriculum threshold for being admitted to
Ohio's state colleges and universities;

2) Provide a permanent exemption from completion of the Core
Curriculum as a prerequisite to admission to state universities. The
current language of the exemption applies if: "the person has earned
10 semester hours from a community school, university branch, or
technical college; or the person successfully completed an IEP while
in high school or the person has completed the final year of
instruction at home or has graduated from a non-chartered, non-public
school in Ohio AND demonstrates mastery of the academic content and
skills in reading, writing, and mathematics needed to successfully
complete introductory level coursework at an institution of higher
education and avoid remedial coursework; or the person is a high
school student participating in PSEO or another dual enrollment
program. R.C. 3345.06(B)";

3) Authorize the Ohio Partnership for Continued Learning to make
legislative recommendations for the operation of the PSEO program and
other dual enrollment programs--not later than March 31, 2007. R.C.
3301.42(B); and

4) Require by June 30, 2012, the State Board of Education to select
one or more methods of measuring high school graduates' preparedness
for higher education and the workforce. R.C. 3302.032.

As always, thank you for your vigilance in preserving homeschooling
freedom in Ohio!


Michael P. Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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