Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
April 28, 2003 (540)338-8663

Legislation levels the playing field for home-based private school graduates

Purcellville, VA - The Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 944. The bill enables homeschoolers, which are defined in Texas as home-based private school students, to compete on a level playing field with graduates of public high schools. The bill is now pending in the Texas Senate. "If this bill becomes law it will be a significant step forward for home-based private school graduates in Texas," said Chris Klicka Senior Counsel for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

The Texas House has corrected an anomaly in the law, which discriminated against home-based private school graduates. In the past some Texas universities have held home-based private school graduates to both a different and higher standard than others. The most frequently used discriminatory practice is to require such graduates to have significantly higher test scores than other students. The Texas House recognized that the double standard applied to home-based private school students was simply unfair.

House Bill 944, introduced by Representative Phil King, requires colleges and universities to admit graduates of home-based private school programs according to the same standards that are applied to graduates from public high schools. The bill ends the discrimination by state universities against qualified these graduates.

"It's common sense that home-based private school students should be held to the same standard as public school students when applying for college," said Klicka.

If your organization would like to schedule an interview with Chris Klicka (Senior Counsel for HSLDA) please contact Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations at (540) 338 8663 or via e-mail Ian@hslda.org.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 20 year old, 75,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent association advocating the legal right of parents to home school their children.