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10/20/2008 11:04:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Proposed Scholarship Excludes Homeschoolers From Eligibility

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October 20, 2008

Ohio--Proposed Scholarship Excludes Homeschoolers From Eligibility

Dear HSLDA Members:

The Akron City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on October 6
spelling out the eligibility rules for Mayor Don Plusquellic's
"scholarship for sewers" proposal. This is a proposal to lease Akron's
sewer system in order to fund a scholarship for children in the city
of Akron.

The ordinance, which expands on the charter language for Issue 8 on
the Nov. 4 ballot, says that residents attending Akron Public Schools,
as well as private, nonprofit schools, are eligible for the
scholarships.

The ordinance also addresses the issue of homeschooled Akron students.
To be eligible, a home-schooled student would have to attend an
approved Akron high school from grades 9 through 12.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please visit http://akroncitycouncil.org/contact/contact.asp and
request a change in the language of this ordinance, allowing
homeschoolers to be eligible for the scholarship without attending an
Akron high school.

You can email a comment, send a letter, or call your councilperson.
After stating that your comment is in regards to the "Akron
Scholarship Plan Eligibility Policy," you can state, "I am a
homeschool parent and I reside in the city of Akron. I feel that this
ordinance discriminates against me and my students because
homeschooled students are not eligible unless they attend and graduate
from an approved Akron school. I am requesting that you change the
language of the ordinance so that homeschooled students are eligible
for the scholarship."

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our staff at
(540) 338-5600.

Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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