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March 6, 2017

Could Guaranteed Admission Crowd Out Homeschool Grads?

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Scott Woodruff by Scott Woodruff Contact attorney for Illinois

Homeschool graduates will be at risk of exclusion from all public universities in Illinois if legislation now pending in the Illinois House of Representatives, House Bill 230, becomes law. HSLDA is asking homeschool families to contact their Illinois state representative before March 7 and urge him or her to vote “no” on the bill.

The bill guarantees freshman admission to public school graduates and graduates of accredited private schools who are in the top 10% of their class.  Homeschools are not accredited, so Illinois homeschool graduates as a group would not be entitled to the guaranteed admission. 

So many students may get guaranteed admission, however, that few, if any spots will be left for homeschool graduates in an entering freshman class. The bill even acknowledges that guaranteed admissions may take 100% of the space in a freshman class at public universities (or 75% at Champaign-Urbana).

When there are any spots left over, competition will be fierce, especially since some universities like to admit a certain percentage of out-of-state graduates.  Homeschool graduates with tremendous GPAs and test scores may get rejections when they were sure they would be admitted.

Maybe the sponsor of the bill did not intend to hurt homeschool families.  But whatever the intention, guaranteeing admission to all smart kids except homeschool graduates is still discriminatory.

The Illinois Legislature is not in session again until March 7.  Until March 7, many representatives will be back in their own home districts and may be available to listen to constituents who oppose HB 230.