Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
June 5, 2003 (540)338-8663


Washington, D.C. - Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) President Michael Smith will hold a press conference addressing discrimination against home school students. The event will be held in conjunction with the Loving Education at Home (LEAH) Conference. New York Commissioner of Education Richard Mills has decided that homeschool children cannot receive degrees from New York State Universities or community colleges, unless homeschool children produce either a GED, receive a letter from their school district testifying to the legitimacy of their academic program or complete 24 credit hours in a special GED program.

"Many home school students have proven themselves in New York colleges and are ready to graduate. It's outrageous that the Commissioner would pull the rug from under these students by seeking to prevent their graduations," said Smith.

Commissioner Mills was unavailable for comment.

Event — Press Conference on Home School Discrimination
Location — Empire Expo Center/New York State Fairgrounds,
Demonstration Kitchen of the Arts and Home Building
581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
Date — Friday, June 6 at 11:00am

This event is open to the media and the public

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 homeschool their children. For more information visit our website www.hslda.org.