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October 1, 2003
College Revokes Homeschool Graduates Admission: HSLDA to File Suit

Paul Owens, a homeschool graduate attending Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, was notified recently that his admission to the Marketing program had been revoked because he had been homeschooled.

MCC admitted Owens into its Marketing program in 2001 and with one semester remaining towards a degree in Marketing, this notice could not have come at a worse time. The decision to "dematriculate" Owens was prompted by a recent letter from New York Commissioner of Education, Richard Mills, which changed longstanding policy and now requires homeschool graduates to obtain a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in addition to their homeschool diploma.

"GED's carry the stigma of being for dropouts," said James R. Mason, III, HSLDA Litigation Counsel. "Paul Owens graduated from a recognized high school program. Requiring a young man who is about to receive his college degree to take a test for high school dropouts is absurd."

This policy change will affect all homeschool graduates seeking admission to New York state colleges.

"Homeschool graduates have proven themselves at every level," said Mason. "They should not be treated like second class students."

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