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11/26/2008 9:24:26 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Georgia: Help Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers

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November 26, 2008

Georgia: Help Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your help is needed to reverse a discriminatory policy against
homeschoolers by the State of Georgia.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has a policy
which effectively denies homeschool students the opportunity to
participate in the college joint enrollment program. This program
permits a high school junior or senior to continue in high school and
also enroll in courses for college credit. Unfortunately, the current
policy requires that the student be enrolled in an accredited high
school in order to be eligible for the joint enrollment program. The
means of obtaining accreditation for home study programs is expensive
and contrary to the fundamental principle of homeschooling--parental
control.

The Board of Regents and the governor of Georgia need to hear from
homeschoolers about this unfair policy. Homeschool students should
have the same opportunity to participate in the joint enrollment
program as other students.


ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact the members of the Board of Regents and the governor
(who appoints the board members) with this message: "Please change the
unfair policy requiring that homeschool students be enrolled in an
accredited school in order to participate in the joint enrollment
program for college credit. Current policy permits homeschooled
students to be admitted to college after completing an unaccredited
high school program, but these same students are denied participation
in the joint enrollment program as high school juniors or seniors.
Students in home study programs should be afforded the same
opportunity for college admission as other students."

For the names and addresses of the members of the Board of Regents,
please go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5856 .

The contact information for the governor is as follows:
The Honorable Sonny Perdue
Governor of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

To view the text of this policy, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5857 .


BACKGROUND:

For several years, the policy handbook of the Board of Regents has
contained a provision that all students participating in the joint
enrollment program must be enrolled in an accredited school. However,
until recently, colleges have been accepting homeschool students into
the program even though their home study programs were not accredited.
What is needed now is a change in the policy so that homeschoolers may
once again participate in the joint enrollment program without being
enrolled in an accredited school.

The current policy provides an avenue for home study programs to be
accredited using Accredited Centers for Independent Study. These are
schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
(ACIS) in which parents may enroll their children and thereby meet the
accreditation requirement for the joint enrollment program. The
problem is that the expense of enrollment in the ACIS school is often
prohibitive, and parents lose control over their children's
instructional program. Parents should not have to eviscerate their
home study program in order to qualify their high school students for
the joint enrollment program.

A glaring inconsistency in the application of this state policy
occurred when the Clayton County School System lost its accreditation
on September 1, 2008. The Board of Regents immediately waived the
requirement that students in that public school system be enrolled in
an accredited school in order to be eligible for college admission,
including participation in the joint enrollment program. By
permitting public school students in unaccredited schools to
participate in the joint enrollment program while denying homeschool
students the same benefit, the Board of Regents revealed its prejudice
against home study programs.

Contact the Board of Regents and the governor today and urge them to
correct this inequitable policy!


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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