Originally Sent: 5/20/2014

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Immediate Action Needed to Stop Discrimination against Homeschoolers

Homeschooling in Ohio.

Your immediate action requested.

HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.

Contact Information

Senator Keith Faber, President of the Ohio Senate
District Office: (419) 586-7799 (call both offices)
Columbus Office (614) 466 7584  Email: Keith@KeithFaber.org

Senator Peggy Lehner, Chair of the Education Committee
Columbus: (614) 466-4538
Dayton: (937) 293-3346

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Dear Ohio Members and Friends,

Senator Peggy Lehner, who is chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee, says it’s too late to stop discrimination against homeschooled graduates. We need you to call and tell her it’s never too late to do the right thing.

Senator Lehner’s education committee is currently considering legislation as part of its mid-year budget review, and she has been asked to include language that would prevent companies and colleges from blaming state law for their discrimination against homeschool graduates. But apparently she, along with Senate leadership, is saying that it is “just too late.”

You have probably heard the story about how NiSource, a large company, hired a qualified graduate but then revoked the offer after they found out he was homeschooled. This case is just the tip of the iceberg, and we need you immediate help to pass legislation that will stop this kind of discrimination.

Ohio law recognizes homeschooling as a legal and valid means of education. The Ohio Court of Appeals has called homeschooling the equivalent of an accredited education. But private and state-owned colleges and universities continue to create obstacles for homeschool graduates. Private companies can hire who they want, but they should not be permitted to say that they can’t hire homeschoolers because they don’t have a legal diploma. The Ohio Legislature can stop this unfair discrimination if you will act now.

We need you to call Senator Lehner, chair of the Education Committee and Senate President Keith Faber immediately and tell them to include Amendment 2737X1 as part of HB 487. You can see the entire language by clicking here.

The amendment clarifies that colleges and employers in Ohio must treat a homeschool diploma as legitimate. They can still have their own admission and hiring policies, but this amendment would clarify that state law does not permit discrimination just because a person was homeschooled.

Action Requested

Contact Senator Lehner, Senator Faber and your senator today and ask that they include 2737X1 in the Mid-Year Budget Review. They may tell you it’s too late, but it’s never too late to do the right thing.

Give this message in your own words:

Please take immediate action to include Amendment 2737X1 in HB 487. It’s never too late to stop unfair discrimination in Ohio. Every child in Ohio deserves the same opportunities to succeed and shouldn’t be treated differently on the sole basis of whose name is on their diploma. In America, individuals should be treated on their own qualifications and credentials. Ohio law recognizes that homeschooling is a legal and valid means of education, and parents and students must comply with the law to issue a completion diploma. Ohio courts have already recognized homeschooling as the equivalent of an accredited education, but companies and colleges in Ohio still discriminate because the law just isn’t clear enough.

I am asking you to take action to support Amendment 2737X1. Please act now to stop this unlawful discrimination against Ohio graduates. Amendment 2737 solves the problem by making the law clear. Please vote to include this amendment in HB 487 and stop companies and colleges from getting away with unfair discrimination against homeschooled graduates.

Contact Information

Senator Keith Faber, President of the Ohio Senate
District Office: (419) 586-7799 (call both offices)
Columbus Office (614) 466 7584 
Email: Keith@KeithFaber.org

Senator Peggy Lehner, Chair of the Education Committee
Columbus: (614) 466-4538
Dayton: (937) 293-3346

Click here to find out who your senator is.


HSLDA and CHEO have been working for several years with legislators to solve this problem. Although some language was included in HB 487, it needs to be amended to address the full range of discrimination that Ohio homeschooled graduates are facing in employment and college admissions. You can see more information here.

Thank you for taking immediate action!

Very Truly Yours,

Michael Donnelly
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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P.S. If you have questions or difficulties in a school accepting your family’s homeschool diploma, don’t hesitate to contact HSLDA. We are happy to assist you! If you aren’t a member of HSLDA—what are you waiting for? By standing together we can fight discrimination against homeschoolers and protect our fundamental freedoms. Join today!>>

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