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April 13, 2017

HSLDA Persuades Hospital to Hire Homeschool Grad

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SCOTT WOODRUFF
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A well-qualified homeschool graduate applied to work at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, but was told his high school diploma could not be accepted because it was not approved by the state of Missouri.

His family asked HSLDA to intervene. Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote a letter emphasizing that Missouri law says nothing about who can—or can’t—issue a high school diploma. Because of this, no school needs state approval, permission, etc., to issue a high school diploma.

Any entity that is operating a lawful high school program has the inherent power to issue a diploma as evidence to the world that the student finished the entity’s program.

Not long after receiving Woodruff’s letter, Children’s Mercy Hospital accepted the graduate’s parent-issued high school diploma and offered him the job.