Originally Sent: 5/27/2014
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More Action Needed to Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers
Dear Ohio Members and Friends,
Last week we asked you to contact your state senator and representative to encourage them to support legislation that would stop employers and colleges from using state law as an excuse to discriminate against homeschool graduates.
It has come to our attention that some of you who contacted your legislators were told that the legislation was offered at the last minute or after a supposed deadline. We want to assure you that HSLDA and CHEO have been working towards a solution to this problem for several years. Although Amendment 2737X1 was not included as part of HB 487 it is still important that you contact the House speaker and your own representative to ask them to support the Homeschool Diploma Fairness legislation.
CHEO has posted a discussion of legislative rules to help you better understand the legislative process with additional background on the history of the proposal that has been developed. We encourage you to review this discussion here.
Continued Action Requested
Please contact your own senator as well as Speaker Batchelder and your own representative and ask that they support legislation to stop discrimination against homeschooled graduates. Amendment 2737X1 to HB 487 contains the language needed.
Give this message in your own words:
Speaker William Batchelder
Click here to find out who your senator is.
Click here to find out who your representative is.
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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