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6/9/2011 11:47:32 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Kansas--Your Help Needed to Stop Unfair Admissions Rules

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Kansas--Your Help Needed to Stop Unfair Admissions Rules

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Kansas Board of Regents will hold a hearing Monday on rules that
impose harsh new requirements on assured admission to Kansas state
universities for homeschool students.

The new rules would require: (1) 5 AP classes with a score of 3 or
higher or 5 college classes with a grade of B or higher before high
school graduation; and (2) a 2.0 grade point average; or (3) a GED
(with a specific score) for students starting at a university at age
21 or older.

ACTION REQUESTED

(1) Send an email or fax to express your opposition to the new rules.
Your message can be as simple as "I oppose the new admissions
regulations and concur in the formal comments of Scott Woodruff of
HSLDA." Or compose your own courteous message using information in
this email or from other reliable information at your disposal.

(2) Address your message to the Kansas Board of Regents and fax it to
the attention of J. Miller, (785) 296-0983 on Thursday or Friday.

(3) Attend the hearing on Monday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board
of Regents Room at 1000 S. W. Jackson, Suite 520 Topeka, KS to express
your opposition.

BACKGROUND

I have submitted a 7-page formal comment
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11489 , but it would be very helpful
for the board to know of your support on this important issue. My
comment asks for changes of the three items mentioned above, and asks
that they treat a 6-hour college class as 2 high school units. The
proposed rules treat both a 3-hour college class and a 6-hour college
class as the equivalent of 1 high school unit.

For additional background see the minutes of the Board of Regents
meeting on December 15-16, 2010.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11490

Under the proposed rule, the requirement of 5 AP classes or college
classes must include 1 in English, math, science, social science and
electives. There are specific additional requirements. This web page
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11491 contains links for rules
currently in effect (top group), rules up for hearing Monday to take
effect this summer (middle group) and rules up for hearing Monday that
would take effect in 2015.


All of the rules (except for admission for 21-year-olds) would take
effect for freshman students entering Kansas state universities
starting in 2015. Universities can ask the regents for permission to
adopt stricter rules. They can adopt stricter rules for non-residents
without permission. The rule for 21-year-olds would take effect this
summer.

The new rules expand the window available for students who don't fit
into the assured admission requirements from 10% to 15% of a
university's freshman class. For many years, homeschool students could
ONLY enter the Kansas universities through this window. This was
unfair and resulted in many awkward situations, as well as much
uncertainty as to whether an aspiring homeschool student would have
any chance of admission. In 2009, HB 2197 was passed, which granted
homeschoolers assured admission for the first time with a score of 21
on the ACT test.

None of these rules, including the regent's precollege curriculum,
have any impact on your authority to decide what your student must
achieve in order to graduate from your non-accredited private school
(homeschool).

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff,
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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