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November 01, 2004

Suffolk County School District Relents, Accepts Brigham Young University Transcript

In August, a Suffolk County member family submitted a Brigham Young University Independent Study program transcript to the school district. Their daughter had excellent grades, showing that she was achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress, as Virginia law requires.

The assistant superintendent, however, refused to accept the transcript as evidence of progress. He wrote the family three letters, repeatedly demanding that they provide test scores or some other evidence of academic achievement.

HSLDA sent the superintendent a letter explaining that the transcript proved that the family's daughter was an excellent student. The superintendent would not yield. HSLDA followed up with a letter posing a simple question: "What is it about Brigham Young University that leads you to believe that the transcript is not adequate?"

The following day, the superintendent reconsidered and accepted the transcript as evidence of progress.