Originally Sent: 5/30/2014
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Urgent Action Needed to Remove Harmful Language from Legislation
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
We need you to take action today to protect homeschooling families from unwarranted government intrusion. The Ohio Senate has made changes to the mid-year budget review bill (Am.Sub.H.B. 487) that will create more bureaucracy, confusion and potentially result in more discrimination against homeschool graduates seeking admission to higher education in Ohio.
HB 487 contains language that would require a homeschooling parent to get a notarized affidavit that contains the grades and coursework of his or her child just to be considered for admission to state colleges.
HSLDA and CHEO have been working with the Ohio Legislature to solve the problem of discrimination against homeschool graduates in Ohio, but the Senate’s amendment to language that might have been helpful has made the situation potentially worse. Because the House did not agree with the Senate’s proposed changes a conference committee has been created to work out the differences. Legislators need to hear from you today as the conference process can happen quickly, and the legislature is trying to recess for the summer in anticipation of upcoming elections.
It is imperative that you and all homeschoolers call today or this will become law!
Please contact the members of the conference committee, the speaker’s office, the office of the Senate president and your own legislator and give them the following message in your own words:
Contact the following members of the Ohio Legislature today with the message!
Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder: 614-466-8140
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber: 614-466-7584
Conference Committee members:
Representative Gerald Stebleton 614-466-8100
Representative Andrew Brenner 614-644-6711
Representative Theresa Fedor 614-644-6017
Senator Peggy Lehner (R) 614-466-4538
Senator Randy Gardner (R) 614-466-8060
Senator Tom Sawyer (D) 614-466-7041
The Senate version of HB 487 includes the following text affecting the admission of homeschool graduates and 08 school graduates into state universities and community colleges (p. 245, RC 3345.06(D)(1):
AM 2737X1 is a simple fix to the problem. Click here to see the amendment.
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 your 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.
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.
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. Visit HSLDA’s Ohio page or the CHEO website for more information.
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
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