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September 22, 2015

Homeschool Graduate Denied Admission to Tech School

Dee Black Senior Counsel Dee Black answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Georgia. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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Home School Legal Defense Association recently assisted an applicant to the phlebotomy program at Savannah Technical College after the school refused her admission as a homeschool graduate. The school’s published policy for homeschool graduates states that they must submit a certificate of attendance from the local public school superintendent, verifying that their parents filed a declaration of intent to homeschool and submitted the required attendance records each month. Although the law in effect at the time the applicant was being taught in a home study program required her parents to file this documentation with the local superintendent, the superintendent’s office informed her that these records were no longer available. That’s when she sought help from HSLDA.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black sent a letter to the director of admissions at the college and told her that, during the time of the applicant’s homeschooling, state law did not require local boards of education to retain records from a home study program for any length of time. In the absence of such records, it was impossible for the applicant to obtain a certificate of attendance from the local board. Further, Black pointed out that by virtue of the 2013 changes to the homeschool law, it now states that “[t]he parent or guardian shall have the authority to execute any document required by law, rule, regulation, or policy to evidence the enrollment of a child in a home study program, the student’s full-time or part-time status, the student’s grades, or any other required educational information.” The applicant’s parents had already submitted all of the records from her home study program to the tech school, including her high school diploma.

Within a week of receiving HSLDA’s letter, the director of admissions at the tech school called the applicant and advised her that she could be admitted to the phlebotomy program.

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