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October 31, 2017

Ultrasound Institute Changes Its Discriminatory Policy

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Caleb Mast by CALEB MAST
Legal Assistant

Imagine the joy of discovering what you want to do in life. Now imagine being told that you can’t pursue that path simply because your parents taught you at home.

Sound crazy? For one homeschool graduate in Arizona, this was reality.

The young woman had graduated from her family’s homeschool program in 2016 and then attended a community college. After a year, she decided to apply to West Coast Ultrasound Institute, a private school that qualifies its graduates to perform ultrasound examinations. She was excited to begin this new chapter of her professional education.

But then her mother received an email from the institute that read, “Unfortunately, the State of Arizona doesn’t allow us to accept any homeschooling diplomas. She would have to have a GED to enroll here.”

Intervention

The family quickly applied to become members of Home School Legal Defense Association. Once their application had been processed, I sent a letter to the institute to address its policy.

Under Arizona law, a homeschool program is “a school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian, or other person who has custody of the child.” A parent must file a one-time affidavit of intent, and then teach the required subjects.

In my letter, I argued that if a homeschool program of secondary education complies with Arizona law, then it has inherent authority to issue a high school diploma. I also raised the point that homeschool graduates are regularly accepted into colleges and universities across the country, and are recruited into all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces on an equal footing with graduates from public and private high schools.

After I sent the letter, we were happy to receive word from our member that her daughter had been accepted into the institute, and that the institute had revised its policy to allow homeschool graduates to rely on their diploma, rather than having to take the GED.

HSLDA continues to advance the cause of homeschool freedom and equal treatment of all homeschool graduates—but we can only do so with the continued support of our member families. Thank you for standing with us for freedom.