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January 26, 2015

Homeschooler Denied Cosmetology School Admission

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dee Black assists members with questions and issues regarding Alabama homeschool law. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

A couple of weeks ago, a graduate of a church school’s home instruction program asked Home School Legal Defense Association to intervene when she was denied admission to the cosmetology program of the Paul Mitchell School in Huntsville. The admissions official was insisting that the applicant provide verification that the church school from which she graduated was approved by the Alabama Department of Education.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black sent a letter to the admissions official and informed her that there is no legal requirement that church schools in Alabama be approved by any outside organization and that only a small percentage of church schools seek any type of approval or accreditation. Further, Black said, state law prohibits the Alabama Department of Education from approving or regulating church schools in any manner. Black explained that because of this, it was impossible for the homeschool graduate to obtain the verification of church school approval demanded by the Paul Mitchell School. Black also pointed out that the Paul Mitchell School’s catalog on its website indicates that applicants must be a “high school graduate” or have a GED. The school’s admission standards, as advertised, do not require that the applicant be a graduate of an accredited or state-approved high school.

Within a week of receiving HSLDA’s letter, the Paul Mitchell School sent the homeschool graduate a letter advising her that her application for admission had been approved.

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