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Discrimination with a Long Bloodline—Phlebotomy License Denied

by Darren Jones • October 1, 2019

The case was new, but the problem was not. Another homeschool graduate trying to enter a particular health care field was encountering unfair obstacles.

In late August, I received an email from the Ross family, longtime members of Home School Legal Defense Association. The California Department of Public Health had denied their daughter’s application for certification as a phlebotomist because she did not graduate from an “accredited” school. The department claimed she needed to send an “official” high school transcript.

This is not a new mistake in California’s discrimination against homeschoolers. The rejection of homeschool applications for job-related licenses has happened several times in the last two decades.

And just like in the past, HSLDA helped our member family successfully overcome this discrimination.

I wrote a letter to the department reminding it that California law does not require an applicant to hold an accredited high school diploma to become a phlebotomist. I also pointed out that it had previously issued licenses to homeschool graduates, and argued that in that vein, the CDPH ought to consider Ms. Ross’s application, as well. Within four days, the CDPH issued her license.

Even though we have seen this same issue with the same department for many years, we are grateful for the opportunity to fight against homeschool discrimination. Please stand with us as we confront the opposition to our homeschool graduates!


Darren Jones

Senior Counsel

Darren is a litigation attorney and homeschool graduate who helps HSLDA member families resolve legal difficulties related to homeschooling. Read more.


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