July 18, 2012

Student’s Right to Free College Courses Defended

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Iowa. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

HSLDA member C.M. filed a competent private instruction form including dual enrollment of her daughter. But when she went to sign her daughter up for post-secondary enrollment option classes (free college classes available through a public school-PSEO), the North High School staff member said they had never heard of a homeschooler taking PSEO courses. The staff member refused to process C.M.’s request.

The family asked Home School Legal Defense Association for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff called the staff member. She told him the matter was out of her hands and had been sent to the administrative assistant to the school assistant superintendent. Woodruff called that individual and was told that the assistant superintendent was now working on it.

Woodruff then called the assistant superintendent. Woodruff explained that homeschoolers who dual enroll are eligible to take PSEO classes just the same as public school students. He also explained the various options homeschoolers now have for establishing academic qualification for PSEO classes ( See “New Chapter in Access to Post Secondary Enrollment Option.”)

The assistant superintendent acknowledged that Woodruff was correct and agreed to instruct her staff to finish processing the family’s request.

Homeschoolers have been taking PSEO classes in Iowa, with a few hiccups along the way, since HSLDA obtained a favorable result for Megan Stone in a 2000 decision against the Ankeny Community School District. It’s surprising that some public schools still have no idea that homeschoolers can take PSEO classes.

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