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January 9, 2018

HSLDA, Governor’s Office Save This Homeschooler’s Job

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SCOTT WOODRUFF
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A young Missouri homeschool graduate moved to Nebraska, where she had landed a job as a pharmacy technician. But she was told that she must receive a pharmacy tech license by a certain date or she would lose her job.

When she applied for it, the relevant Nebraska agency refused to accept her parent-issued diploma as evidence of high school graduation. The agency said, “We need a document stating that the diploma/transcripts meet the standard of equivalency for the United States.”

There is no such thing (thankfully) as “United States standards” for high school equivalency. The question of “equivalency” should come up only in cases where the affected person has no high school diploma—but this graduate had a high school diploma issued by her parents.

I wrote the agency a letter explaining the validity of parent-issued diplomas under Missouri law. The agency representative, however, refused to respond to the letter or return my follow-up phone calls. The young woman’s parents sought help from a member of the governor’s staff.

I sent the governor’s office a copy of the letter he had sent to the agency. The office intervened, and soon the young woman received her pharmacy tech license—and kept her job.