Originally Sent: 5/5/2014
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Homeschoolers Need not Apply—Take Action to End Discrimination
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
Today, HSLDA published a story about an Ohio energy corporation, NiSource, that not only rescinded an offer of employment to a highly qualified homeschooled graduate but wrote to HSLDA reaffirming their policy not to hire anyone else with “just” a homeschool credential. This kind of discrimination is happening more frequently, and HSLDA requests that you take action to help end this kind of broad-based mistreatment of homeschooled graduates.
HSLDA and CHEO have collaborated on legislation that would clarify that homeschooling is a legal, valid and appropriate method of education and would prevent this form of discrimination. Your action is needed because a currently adopted amendment to the budget, pending action in the Senate after passing the House of Representatives, fails to address the problem of companies like NiSource and others who discriminate on the basis of the source of a person’s high school diploma.
The current language in the bill attempts to address discrimination by state institutions of higher education, but it does so by requiring that homeschool families obtain a “sworn affidavit verifying the successful completion of a student’s high school curriculum,” an unnecessary, burdensome and extra requirement. Whereas the proposed HSLDA/CHEO language addresses both issues, doesn’t require additional burdens on homeschooling families and is a more equitable approach. You can compare the two approaches in the background section below.
HB 487 is making its way through the House, and we are asking that you contact your representative and senator and give them the following message in your own words:
You can find the contact information for your representative online.
For many years Ohio law has afforded parents the freedom to lawfully direct the education of their children through a variety of paths—public and private. Each of these options operates under a set of statutes and regulations that are distinct from one another. While there is some overlap between state requirements for public and private schools that are chartered by the state, there is still an avenue of compliance for educational options that do not seek a state charter or state certification—such as non-chartered religious schools and home education.
Unfortunately, some Ohio students have experienced in recent years unnecessary discrimination, and doors have been closed to opportunities, despite high test scores and professional competence. HSLDA and CHEO has been working on legislative remedies to reverse these practices and prevent future discrimination against students who are lawfully educated in Ohio outside the structure and system of public schools. These changes are critical to protecting and preserving the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children in choosing the most appropriate means of education.
The current legislation is Sub. H.B. 487 (Midyear Budget Review) which has been passed by the Ohio House and is pending in the Ohio Senate. It was amended to include the following language amending Sec. 3345.06(D)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code:
HSLDA and CHEO propose modifying section 3313.61 of the Ohio Revised code by adding three new sub sections (N), (O), and (P):
Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the Buckeye state!
Very truly yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join now >>
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