Originally Sent: 7/10/2015
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Urge Governor to End Discrimination against Homeschool Graduates
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
Your calls are urgently needed! The Department of Public Instruction wrote Governor Walker asking him to veto a provision in the budget bill that would end discrimination. The provision would place homeschool graduates on equal footing with others when seeking a job as a teacher’s aide in a private school participating in a parent choice program.
Superintendent Tony Evers’ letter to the governor says this would be “relaxing the requirements” for a teacher’s aide. That is nonsense, of course! Homeschool programs follow the same academic requirements that state law mandates for private schools. But the governor needs to hear from you that you support this measure.
The governor may act quickly. Please call him at 608-266-1212 as soon as you open this email. Your message can be as simple as: “Please reject Tony Evers’ veto request number 17. Please end discrimination against homeschool graduates who desire to work as a teacher’s aide.”
For Evers’ letter, click here.
A homeschool graduate lost her job after the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) called her employer—a private school participating in the Private School Choice (PSC) program. The school had hired her as a teacher’s aide, but the DPI told the administrators that her homeschool diploma was not good enough. They told them that the school could lose PSC funding if they did not fire her (unless she got her GED). Although the school really wanted to keep her, they felt they had no choice but to not renew her contract.
Without a change in the law, other homeschool graduates will lose the opportunity for employment.
HSLDA started an initiative to solve this problem. We developed language to change the law the DPI had used to threaten the school. With your support and calls, this language has received the approval of both houses of the legislature.
Wisconsin Christian Home Educators and HSLDA are united in supporting this legislation to end discrimination.
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
P.S. We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we defend the rights of homeschooling families? Join now >>
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