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More Action Needed to Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers

Homeschooling in Ohio.

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HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.
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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:

Please take immediate action to support equal opportunities for homeschooled graduates 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 legal and valid means of education, and parents and students must comply with the law to issue a completion diploma. Ohio courts have already 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 vote to include this amendment in HB 487 or some other legislation and stop companies and colleges from getting away with unfair discrimination against homeschooled graduates.

Speaker William Batchelder
614-466-8140

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Background

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.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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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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