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November 29, 2016

School: You’re Great, But You Were Homeschooled …

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Two more homeschool graduates are finally headed to the cosmetology school of their choice thanks to their parents’ good recordkeeping and Home School Legal Defense Association’s advocacy.

Mike Donnelly MIKE DONNELLY Contact attorney for Ohio

When Beverly Moreno applied to a Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in Ohio this fall, the admissions office told her that she needed a GED. The school acknowledged that Beverly seemed to be a great candidate, but it refused to recognize her diploma because of misinformation it claimed to have received from the Ohio Department of Education.

The Morenos had chosen to home educate by establishing a non-chartered, non-tax supported school in compliance with Ohio law. Mrs. Moreno had kept proof of compliance with the law and produced it for the school. Still, the school refused to accept the legally valid diploma.

With the school still blocking Beverly’s admission, HSLDA’s legal team took over. We sent the school’s admissions office a letter explaining Ohio law and the specific provisions for parent- and private school-issued diplomas as proof of high school completion. Through a series of calls, emails, and letters, HSLDA attorneys took the issue to the school’s administration and accrediting agency, NACCAS.

After speaking with HSLDA, school administrators responded positively. They agreed to change the existing discriminatory policy—which required home educated students to take an equivalency exam—and replace it with one that treats homeschool graduates fairly. The school’s admissions office then called Beverly to let her know that everything was in order and welcomed her for the start of classes this month.

Trouble in Tennessee

In a similar case, Derriana Dyton had already been accepted to a Tennessee cosmetology program and had purchased her course supplies when her mother received an unsettling call the evening before orientation.

The school now questioned the validity of Derriana’s high school transcript and informed Mrs. Dyton that unless Derriana graduated from an accredited Tennessee school, she could not attend orientation or start classes. Mrs. Dyton explained that Derriana had been homeschooled in Virginia and Georgia, but was unable to convince the school to accept this fact.

With this last-minute deadline looming, Mrs. Dyton contacted HSLDA. HSLDA’s legal team quickly sent the school a letter reinforcing that the Dytons had homeschooled in compliance with both Virginia and Georgia law and had issued a valid transcript. The school responded to HSLDA’s letter and acknowledged it would accept the family’s proof of compliance and honor Derriana’s admission to the program.

HSLDA has found homeschooled graduates face continued hostility and skepticism from trade schools, especially cosmetology schools. If your student envisions a career in this area, it is crucial to keep records demonstrating compliance with your state’s homeschool law in order to successfully matriculate at one of these schools.

HSLDA remains committed to defending your right to homeschool and issue a valid high school diploma for your children. If your graduate encounters discrimination in applying to a trade school, contact HSLDA right away.