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March 15, 2016

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Defending the Rights of Dual-Enrolled Students

Back in 2000, with HSLDA representing her, Megan Stone won a landmark case against the Ankeny Community School District establishing once and for all that dual-enrolled homeschoolers have access to Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) college classes. Since that time, the ability of dual-enrolled homeschoolers to access PSEO classes and several related programs has gradually expanded.

SCOTT WOODRUFF Contact attorney for Iowa

But recently this access has encountered resistance. Although no HSLDA family (so far as we know) has recently been denied access to a program to which they were entitled, we have heard reports recently that some school districts were playing games with homeschool students, defying state law, and trying to make their own rules.

Marti Melton of Iowa Home School Program Professionals met with representatives of the Iowa Department of Education and urged them to get involved in finding solutions. The result was a very helpful plain-language policy statement issued March 9 outlining the rights of families and the corresponding duties of school systems in a number of situations.

There has been no change in the law or regulations. But hopefully this concise and accessible policy statement will reduce the number of errors school districts make as they respond to families requesting access to PSEO classes and other programs that fall under the “Senior Year Plus” umbrella.

For further reading, see:

Student’s Right to Free College Courses Defended

A New Chapter in Access to Post Secondary Enrollment Option

Members-only Resource: “Good News for Dual-Enrolled Students