October 11, 2012

University of Kansas Hospital Offers Job After HSLDA Intervenes

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

Homeschool graduate C.L. applied for a job at University of Kansas Hospital. Although she was well qualified and earning a 4.0 in her part-time college courses, they turned her down because the outside company the hospital uses to validate education credentials could not “verify” C.L.’s high school diploma through a state agency or public school.

Members of HSLDA, C.L.’s family asked us for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff confirmed that the home-based private school in which C.L. had received her education was registered with the State Board of Education and had actually issued a diploma to her.

Woodruff then wrote a letter to the hospital explaining that C.L.’s diploma was valid. He explained that any entity that can lawfully operate a secondary education program has inherent authority to issue a diploma as evidence of graduation from that program. He said that state agencies and public schools cannot verify private school diplomas because of the simple fact that they don’t issue them.

He also pointed out that the U.S. military, federal college loan programs, and Kansas public college admission policies fully accept the validity of a diploma from a registered home-based private school. He reminded the hospital that a GED can carry a stigma, and that they would lose access to a pool of very capable and motivated employees if they categorically treat all homeschool graduates as unemployable.

After taking a second look at the issue, the hospital offered C.L. a job. We appreciate the hospital’s flexibility and willingness to reconsider.