Originally Sent: 5/23/2014
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More Action Needed to Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers in Ohio
Dear Ohio Members and Friends,
Although Amendment 2737X1 was not included as part of HB 487, there are still efforts underway to move this legislation forward. That is why it is important that you contact the House Speaker and your own legislators to ask them to support the Homeschool Diploma Fairness legislation. You can read the CHEO Alert here.
Although Senator Lehner said it was “too late,” It’s never too late to do the right thing. If you have not already done so you should also contact your own legislators and ask them to support this legislation.
Please contact Speaker Batchelder and your own legislators and ask that they include 2737X1 as part of the Mid-Year Budget Review process. They may tell you it’s too late, but it’s never too late to do the right thing.
Give this message in your own words:
“Please take immediate action to support equal opportunities for homeschooled grduates in Ohio by supporting the inclusion of Amendment 2737X1 in the budget reconciliation process or as part of some other appropriate legislation. It’s never too late to stop unfair discrimination in Ohio. Every child in Ohio deserves the same opportunities to succeed and shouldn’t be treated differently on the sole basis of whose name is on their diploma. In America, individuals should be treated based on their own individual qualifications and credentials. Ohio law already recognizes homeschooling as a legal and valid means of education; parents and students must comply with the law to issue a completion diploma. Ohio courts have also recognized homeschooling as the equivalent of an accredited education, but companies and colleges in Ohio still discriminate because the law just isn’t clear enough.
I am asking you to support the legislation contained in Amendment 2737X1 that was offered in the Senate as part of HB 487. This amendment will stop unlawful discrimination against Ohio graduates by making the law clear. Please support this legislation to stop companies and colleges from discriminating against homeschooled graduates.”
Speaker William Batchelder
You have probably heard the story about how NiSource, a large company, hired a qualified graduate but then revoked the offer after they found out he was homeschooled. This case is just the tip of the iceberg, and we need your immediate help to pass legislation that will stop this kind of discrimination.
Ohio law recognizes homeschooling as a legal and valid means of education. The Ohio Court of Appeals has called homeschooling the equivalent of an accredited education. But private and state-owned colleges and universities continue to create obstacles for homeschool graduates. Private companies can hire who they want, but they should not be permitted to say that they can’t hire homeschoolers because they don’t have a legal diploma. The Ohio Legislature can stop this unfair discrimination if you will act now.
The amendment clarifies that colleges and employers in Ohio must treat a homeschool diploma as legitimate. They can still have their own admission and hiring policies, but this amendment would clarify that state law does not permit discrimination just because a person was homeschooled.
HSLDA and CHEO have been working for several years with legislators to develop a proposal to solve this problem. Although some language was included in HB 487 it needs to be amended to address the full range of discrimination that Ohio homeschooled graduates are facing in employment and college admissions. You can see more information here.
Thank you for taking immediate action!
Very Truly Yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
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